United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - March 2008

UK - This publication shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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They are based on data from all slaughterhouses but remain provisional until all the returns are in. The statistics are shown in statistical months - that is, statistics for January, April, July, and October are for periods of five weeks while statistics for other months are for periods of four weeks, with the exception of 2004 which is a 53 week statistical year where December 2004 statistics are for a 5 week month.

Unless otherwise stated, all information is for the United Kingdom.

In this issue:

  1. UK monthly slaughter estimates.
  2. UK monthly average dressed carcase weights.
  3. UK monthly home-killed production of meat.
  4. UK average weekly slaughter estimates.
  5. UK slaughterings by country.
  6. UK quarterly production and supplies of meat.
This notice will next be published on 17 April 2008.

Other Defra statistics can be found on the Defra website at http://www.defra.gov.uk (from the home page, click on ‘Economic and Statistics’).

1. UK monthly slaughter estimates

Monthly estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered for meat in the United Kingdom are given in the table below. They are shown in statistical months.

United Kingdom December 2007
4 weeks
January 2008
5 weeks
February 2008
4 weeks
Steers 74 90 81
Heifers 60 77 66
Young Bulls 22 25 20
Cows and Adult Bulls 39 55 43
Calves 4 3 2
Other Sheep and Lambs 1289 1442 1064
Ewes and Rams 204 220 183
Clean Pigs 718 878 732
Sows and Boars 21 28 23

Thousand head

2. UK average dressed carcase weights

The surveys of slaughterhouses also collect information on the meat produced which enables average dressed carcase weights to be calculated. Monthly average dressed carcase weight for livestock slaughtered for meat in the United Kingdom are given in the table below.

United Kingdom December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
Steers 359.5 361.3 360.5
Heifers 311.8 313.7 312.6
Young Bulls 344.9 346.0 346.3
Cows and Adult Bulls 316.3 321.7 320.1
Calves 28.5 32.1 31.2
Other Sheep and Lambs 19.4 19.1 19.1
Ewes and Rams 25.2 25.3 24.2
Clean Pigs 77.0 77.2 77.1
Sows and Boars 153.1 155.0 148.4

Kilogramme

3. UK monthly home-killed production of meat

The surveys of slaughterhouses also collect information on the meat produced. This enables the total quantity of meat produced in the United Kingdom to be calculated. Home-killed production includes livestock imported into the United Kingdom for slaughter and differs from home-fed production (see Table 6) which excludes livestock imported into the United Kingdom for slaughter. The figures are shown in statistical months.

United Kingdom December 2007
4 weeks
January 2008
5 weeks
February 2008
4 weeks
Beef 66 83 70
Mutton and Lamb 30 33 25
Pigmeat 59 72 60

Thousand head

  • Livestock slaughtered under the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme are excluded .

4. UK average weekly slaughterings

The monthly figures shown in Table 1 are affected by the number of weeks in the month. In order to provide a better, and more immediately accessible to readers, measure of trends over time, the following tables show average weekly slaughterings for each of the last twelve months. Longer time series are shown in the charts.

 

2007

2008

Cattle Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb
Steers
21 21 21 20 20 19 18 21 23 23 19 18 20
Heifers
18 17 15 15 15 13 13 14 15 17 15 15 16
Young Bulls
5 5 5 6 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 5 5
Cows And Adult Bulls
1o 9 7 7 8 9 5 7 8 11 10 11 11
Calves
1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1

Thousand head



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