UK Slaughter Statistics May 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 22 May 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 April 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.

Thousand head

United Kingdom February 2008
4 weeks
March 2008
4 weeks
April 2008
4 weeks
Steers 81 80 100
Heifers 66 62 80
Young Bulls 20 18 26
Cows and Adult Bulls 43 36 44
Calves 2 2 3
Other Sheep and Lambs 1067 1025 1106
Ewes and Rams 185 166 208
Clean Pigs 734 700 892
Sows and Boars 23 21 25

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.

Kilogramme

United Kingdom February 2008 March 2008 April 2008
Steers 360.5 362.2 362.1
Heifers 312.6 313.3 311.8
Young Bulls 346.3 344.8 349.8
Cows and Adult Bulls 319.9 312.8 318.0
Calves 31.3 28.4 42.6
Other Sheep and Lambs 19.1 19.5 19.8
Ewes and Rams 24.2 25.1 26.3
Clean Pigs 77.1 76.5 75.6
Sows and Boars 148.4 151.5 151.5

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.

Thousand tonnes

United Kingdom February 2008
4 weeks
March 2008
4 weeks
April 2008
5 weeks
Beef 71 66 84
Mutton and Lamb 25 24 27
Pigmeat 60 57 71

  • 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.

Thousand head

  2007 2008
Cattle Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
Steers 21 20 20 19 18 21 23 23 29 18 20 20 20
Heifers 15 15 15 13 13 14 15 17 15 15 17 15 16
Young Bulls 5 6 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5
Cows and Adult Bulls 7 7 8 9 5 7 8 11 10 11 11 9 9
Calves 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1



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