United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - April 2008

UK - This publication by Defra shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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The latest statistics produced by Defra from surveys of slaughterhouses run by the UK Agricultural Departments were released on 17 April 2008 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Monthly statistics on the slaughter of cattle, sheep and pigs, dressed carcase weights and meat production are published for the UK to March 2008.

Additional tables are available here:

Number of livestock slaughtered:

http://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/slaughm.xls

Average dressed carcase weights: http://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/alldcw.xls

UK meat production and supplies: http://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/qtrmeat.xls

This notice will be updated at 09:30 on 22 May 2008.

In this issue:
  1. UK monthly slaughter.
  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.

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
January 2008
5 Weeks
February 2008
4 Weeks
March 2008
4 Weeks
Steers
90
81
80
Heifers
76
66
62
Young Bulls
25
20
18
Cows and Adult Bulls
55
43
36
Calves
3
2
2
Other Sheep and Lambs
1442
1064
1014
Ewes and Rams
220
183
164
Clean Pigs
878
732
698
Sows and Boars
28
23
21

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
January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
Steers
361.3
360.5
362.2
Heifers
313.7
312.6
313.4
Young Bulls
346.0
346.3
344.8
Cows and Adult Bulls
321.7
320.1
313.2
Calves
32.1
31.2
28.2
Other Sheep and Lambs
19.1
19.1
19.5
Ewes and Rams
25.3
24.2
25.2
Clean Pigs
77.2
77.1
76.6
Sows and Boars
155.1
148.4
151.5

Kilogramme

  1. Livestock slaughtered under the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme are excluded.
  2. A dataset showing slaughter statistics for the same months in previous years can be found on the Defra website at http://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/alldcw.xls.

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
January 2008
5 Weeks
February 2008
4 Weeks
March 2008
4 Weeks
Beef
83
70
66
Mutton and Lamb
33
25
24
Pigmeat
72
60
57
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 Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar
Steers
21 21 20 20 19 18 21 23 23 19 18 20 20
Heifers
17 15 15 15 13 13 14 15 17 15 15 16 15
Young Bulls
5 5 6 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 4
Cows And Adult Bulls
9 7 7 8 9 5 7 8 11 10 11 11 9
Calves
1 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1

Thousand head



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