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United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - August 2007

by 5m Editor
24 August 2007, at 4:51pm

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 collected.

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 May 2007
4 weeks
June 2007
4 weeks
July 2007
5 weeks
Steers 81 79 94
Heifers 60 58 67
Young Bulls 26 32 39
Cows and Adult Bulls 29 33 45
Calves 1 2 2
Other Sheep and Lambs 917 994 1378
Ewes and Rams 155 167 211
Clean Pigs 683 724 880
Sows and Boars 15 16 22

Thousand head

  • 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/slaughm.xls.

2. UK average dressed carcase weights

The surveys of slaughterhouses also collect information on the meat produced which average dressed carcase weights to be calculated. Monthly average dressed carcase livestock slaughtered for meat in the United Kingdom are given in the table below.

United Kingdom May 2007 June 2007 July 2007
Steers 365.7 364.9 363.0
Heifers 315.9 315.2 316.2
Young Bulls 346.8 350.9 353.9
Cows and Adult Bulls 325.5 323.7 320.1
Calves 32.0 31.5 30.4
Other Sheep and Lambs 19.9 19.2 19.2
Ewes and Rams 30.0 27.5 27.3
Clean Pigs 75.3 75.0 74.3
Sows and Boars 156.8 149.3 152.1

Thousand head

  • 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 May 2007
4 weeks
June 2007
4 weeks
July 2007
5 weeks
Beef 67 69 84
Mutton and Lamb 23 24 32
Pigmeat 54 57 69

Thousand head

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

Thousand head



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