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United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - November 2007

by 5m Editor
23 November 2007, at 6:01am

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.

In this issue:

  1. UK monthly slaughter estimates.
  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.
  6. UK quarterly production and supplies of meat.

This notice will next be published on 20 December 2007.

Other Defra statistics can be found on the Defra website at http://www.defra.gov.uk (from the home page, click on ‘Economic and Statistics’).

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 August 2007
4 weeks
September 2007
4 weeks
October 2007
5 weeks
Steers 74 86 114
Heifers 50 57 78
Young Bulls 25 25 28
Cows and Adult Bulls 21 19 39
Calves 2 7 10
Other Sheep and Lambs 915 1158 1446
Ewes and Rams 148 177 216
Clean Pigs 645 730 958
Sows and Boars 5 13 12

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 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007
Steers 363.9 361.5 359.5
Heifers 313.1 311.9 311.2
Young Bulls 350.4 348.0 343.4
Cows and Adult Bulls 313.9 316.0 314.6
Calves 29.0 30.2 30.0
Other Sheep and Lambs 19.2 19.3 19.5
Ewes and Rams 28.7 26.0 25.6
Clean Pigs 77.1 77.9 77.6
Sows and Boars 151.8 156.2 141.5

Thousand head

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 August 2007
4 weeks
September 2007
4 weeks
October 2007
5 weeks
Beef 58 67 88
Mutton and Lamb 22 27 34
Pigmeat 51 59 76

Thousand head

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 Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Sep
Steers
23 23 20 20 21 21 21 20 20 19 18 21 23
Heifers
16 18 16 17 18 17 15 15 15 13 13 14 16
Young Bulls
5 6 5 5 5 5 5 8 8 8 6 6 6
Cows And Adult Bulls
11 12 9 10 10 9 7 7 8 9 5 7 8
Calves
1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 2

Thousand head



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