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UK Slaughter Statistics - August 2011

by 5m Editor
25 August 2011, at 9:18am

UK - The latest National Statistics produced by Defra on UK slaughterings of cattle, sheep and pigs were released on 25 August 2011, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Key points

  • Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings were four per cent lower than in July 2010 at 188,000 head. Beef and veal production was 83,000 tonnes, two per cent lower than in July 2010.
  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 10 per cent higher than in July 2010 at 943,000 head. Pig meat production was 76,000 tonnes, a rise of 10 per cent on July 2010.

Section 1. UK monthly slaughter estimates

This table shows monthly estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered for meat for human consumption in the United Kingdom. The survey is run according to statistical, rather than calendar months, the number of weeks in the statistical month is specified below.

Table 1. UK monthly slaughter estimates
(thousand head)
United Kingdom May 2011
4 weeks
June 2011
4 weeks
July 2011
5 weeks
Steers 79 74 86
Heifers 62 58 67
Young bulls 29 32 35
Cows and adult bulls 46 49 57
Calves 6 5 6
Clean pigs 719 746 943
Sows and boars * * *
* Data are confidential

Section 2. UK average dressed carcase weights

This table shows the monthly average dressed carcase weight of livestock slaughtered for meat for human consumption in the United Kingdom. Longer term trends can be found on the Defra web site.

Table 2. UK average dressed carcass weights
(kilogrammes)
United Kingdom May 2011 June 2011 July 2011
Steers 368.0 365.9 363.0
Heifers 319.6 317.8 318.3
Young bulls 344.6 350.2 350.3
Cows and adult bulls 321.0 321.3 316.6
Calves 42.4 51.6 46.4
Clean pigs 77.6 77.5 76.7
Sows and boars 154.4 148.4 166.0

Section 3. UK monthly home-killed production of meat

This table shows the monthly volumes of meat produced in the United Kingdom. Data is shown according to statistical, rather than calendar months, number of weeks in statistical month as specified.

Table 3. UK monthly home-killed production of meat
(thousand tonnes)
United Kingdom May 2011
4 weeks
June 2011
4 weeks
July 2011
5 weeks
Beef 74 72 83
Pig meat 59 61 76

Section 4. UK average weekly slaughterings

This following table shows the average weekly slaughter figures for the last thirteen months. The monthly slaughter figures in section one are affected by the number of weeks in the statistical month. To get a clearer measure of trends weekly averages are calculated by dividing the number of livestock slaughtered each month by the number of weeks in the statistical month.

Longer term trends can be seen in the charts following this table.

Table 4. UK average weekly slaughterings
(thousand head)
United Kingdom 2010 2011
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
Steers 18 18 21 22 21 18 20 20 21 20 20 18 17
Heifers 13 13 14 15 17 15 17 17 16 15 15 14 13
Young bulls 8 8 7 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 7 8 7
Cows and adult bulls 10 10 11 13 16 11 14 12 11 10 12 12 11
Calves 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1
Clean pigs 171 181 184 190 197 179 181 192 191 178 180 186 189
Sows and boars 4 * * * * * * * * * * * *
* Data are confidential



United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering – Cattle


United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering - Pigs

Section 5. UK slaughterings by country

This table shows monthly estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered for meat in England and Wales, Scotland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Data are shown in statistical months, rather than calendar months. The totals for the countries may not add up to the Great Britain totals or the United Kingdom totals in section one, due to rounding.

Section 5. UK slaughterings by country
(thousand head)
May 2011
4 weeks
June 2011
4 weeks
July 2011
5 weeks
England & Wales
Steers 49 46 56
Heifers 38 36 43
Young bulls 19 21 25
Cows and adult bulls 35 36 42
Calves 5 5 6
Clean pigs 552 573 736
Sows and boars * * *
Scotland
Steers 19 17 20
Heifers 14 13 16
Young bulls 4 5 6
Cows and adult bulls 5 5 6
Calves 0 0 0
Clean pigs 45 45 55
Sows and boars 0 0 0
Great Britain
Steers 68 63 76
Heifers 52 49 59
Young bulls 23 26 31
Cows and adult bulls 40 41 48
Calves 5 5 6
Clean pigs 597 617 791
Sows and boars * * *
Northern Ireland
Steers 11 10 10
Heifers 10 8 8
Young bulls 6 6 5
Cows and adult bulls 7 8 9
Calves 0 0 0
Clean pigs 122 127 151
Sows and boars 0 0 0
*Data are confidential

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.