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United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - April 2007

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25 May 2007, at 2:52pm

UK - This publication by Defra shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

This publication shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 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.

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
February 2007
4 weeks
March 2007
4 weeks
April 2007
5 weeks
Steers
84 86 103
Heifers
70 68 76
Young Bulls
19 20 26
Cows and Adult Bulls
41 35 35
Calves
3 3 3
Other Sheep and Lambs
917 982 1155
Ewes and Rams
175 168 196
Clean Pigs
718 715 870
Sows and Boars
16 18 20
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

February 2007

March 2007

April 2007

Steers
354.6 355.3 356.2
Heifers
311.4 310.3 311.0
Young Bulls
333.2 332.7 334.0C
Cows and Adult Bulls
318.7 318.5 321.1
Calves
29.9 25.1 27.7
Other Sheep and Lambs
19.5 19.4 20.2
Ewes and Rams
27.8 28.9 30.0
Clean Pigs
76.6 75.9 74.3
Sows and Boars
154.5 154.3 149.4
Kilogramme
  • Livestock slaughtered under the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme are excluded.
  • 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 February 2007
4 weeks
March 2007
4 weeks
April 2007
5 weeks
Beef
71 69 81
Mutton and Lamb
23 24 29
Pigmeat
58 57 68
Thousand tonnes

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.

2006


2007


Cattle Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
Steers
19 21 20 19 18 22 23 23 20 20 21 21 21
Heifers
15 16 15 14 13 16 16 18 16 17 18 17 15
Young Bulls
6 7 8 7 6 6 5 6 5 5 5 5 5
Cows And Adult Bulls
5 6 7 8 8 9 11 12 9 10 10 9 7
Calves
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Thousand Head


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