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United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - April 2007

by 5m Editor
25 June 2007, at 1:06pm

UK - 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 March 2007
4 weeks
April 2007
5 weeks
May 2007
4 weeks
Steers
86 103 81
Heifers
68 76 59
Young Bulls
20 26 26
Cows and Adult Bulls
35 37 29
Calves
3 2 1
Other Sheep and Lambs
985 1160 901
Ewes and Rams
169 195 155
Clean Pigs
715 871 680
Sows and Boars
18 20 15
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 March 2007
4 weeks
April 2007
5 weeks
May 2007
4 weeks
Steers
355.3 356.6 356.9
Heifers
310.3 311.7 312.1
Young Bulls
332.7 336.0 335.2
Cows and Adult Bulls
318.5 321.0 323.0
Calves
25.1 27.6 32.3
Other Sheep and Lambs
19.4 20.3 20.0
Ewes and Rams
28.9 30.1 30.9
Clean Pigs
75.9 74.3 75.4
Sows and Boars
154.3 149.4 156.8
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 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 March 2007
4 weeks
April 2007
5 weeks
May 2007
4 weeks
Beef
69 81 65
Mutton and Lamb
24 29 23
Pigmeat
57 68 54
Thousand tonnes
  • 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.

2006


2007


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


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