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UK Slaughter Statistics - March 2009

19 March 2009

UK - Recent figures collected on the Defra Slaughter Statistics survey have revealed that 66,000 tonnes of beef were produced in the UK during February.

February 2009 saw mixed results for slaughter stats. By comparison with December and January steer slaughter - at 75,000 head - was quite high. Similarly heifer slaughter statistic came in high at 68,000 head. However young bulls, calves, cows and adult bulls all showed slight declines.

The surveys of slaughterhouses also collect information on the meat produced which enables average dressed carcase weights to be calculated. They revealed that the average carcase weight of steers fell from 357.9 to 357.7. However, on a general trend these weights are still deemed to be high.

Similarly, heifer weights also fell slightly. In February they averaged 311.6 kilogrammes. Young bull weights averaged also saw a slight decrease as did cows, adult bulls and calves. However, by comparison with December's weights, February saw increases across almost all cattle.

Information on meat produced is also collected. This enables the total quantity of meat produced in the United Kingdom to be calculated. 66 thousand tonnes of beef were produced this month.

The average monthly slaughterings 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 graph shows the average weekly slaughterings for each of the last three years.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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