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UK Slaughter Statistics - December 2009

by 5m Editor
18 December 2009, at 5:59am

UK - The latest figures from Defra (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) reveal that all in all, November 2009 has not been a very bad month for slaughterhouses in the United Kingdom.

The number of clean pigs sent to slaughter in November rose fairly sharply at 796,000 compared to 955,000 in October and 739,000 in September. It should be noted that October contained five weeks, and hence explains the sharp rise in slaughter numbers for that month. The number of sows and boars sent to slaughter remains more or less constant at 18,000 compared to 23,000 in October and 17,000 in September.

The average dressed carcase weight for clean pigs also remains somewhat constant, while for sows and boars, a slight increase has been seen. The average slaughter weight for clean pigs in November was 79.6 kg compared to 78.8 kg and 79.3 kg in October and September respectively. The average slaughter weight for sows and boars in November was 155.6 kg in comparison to 161.9 kg in October and 152.2 kg in September.

Overall, the UK produced 66,000 tonnes of pig meat compared to 79,000 tonnes in October, 61,000 tonnes in August and September.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.