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UK Slaughter Statistics

18 January 2010

UK - The latest statistics produced by Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show that the number of animals slaughtered decreased between October and December 2009, whilst carcase weights remained relatively static.

Monthly statistics on the slaughter of cattle, sheep and pigs, dressed carcase weights and meat production are published for the UK to December 2009.

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

Table 1 shows the UK monthly slaughter estimates for cattle, sheep and pigs. The number of animals slaughtered reduced significantly between October and December, a trend which is similar to previous years, as slaughter peaks in October.

United Kingdom October 2009
5 weeks
November 2009
4 weeks
December 2009
4 weeks
Steers 106 86 76
Heifers 79 67 65
Young Bulls 28 24 23
Cows and Adult Bulls 57 49 41
Calves 6 4 4
Other Sheep and Lambs 1548 1244 1141
Ewes and Rams 216 194 158
Clean Pigs 955 796 763
Sows and Boars 23 18 16

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 October 2009
November 2009
December 2009
Steers 362.4 360.6 362.2
Heifers 314.8 315.6 316.2
Young Bulls 353.2 346.5 347.4
Cows and Adult Bulls 313.9 312.1 312.7
Calves 31.3 36.8 33.9
Other Sheep and Lambs 18.9 18.8 17.9
Ewes and Rams 24.5 24.8 26.4
Clean Pigs 78.8 79.6 78.2
Sows and Boars 161.9 155.6 158.0

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. The figures are shown in statistical months.

United Kingdom October 2009
5 weeks
November 2009
4 weeks
December 2009
4 weeks
Beef 91 76 69
Mutton and Lamb 35 28 25
Pigmeat 79 66 62

Thousand head

4. UK average weekly slaughterings

 

2008-2009

Cattle Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Steers
18 17 19 19 19 19 19 17 17 21 19 22 19
Heifers
15 16 17 17 16 16 15 14 13 15 16 17 16
Young Bulls
4 4 4 4 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Cows And Adult Bulls
11 10 10 9 8 9 9 9 9 10 11 12 10
Calves
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Thousand head



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