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UK Red Meat Production Down in Q1 of 2012

by 5m Editor
25 April 2012, at 7:41am

UK - UK red meat and offal production January to March 2012 totalled 525,000 tonnes, four per cent lower compared to the first quarter of 2011.

Beef and veal production in the first three months of 2012 decreased by over eight per cent on year earlier levels. This decline was a result of lower prime cattle slaughterings and a considerable decline in cull cow throughputs, according to AHDB's UK Market Survey.

Prime cattle slaughterings were also lower by nine per cent. Steer throughputs were six per cent lower on the year, while heifer throughputs were down eight per cent.

Due to reduced throughputs of lambs and adult sheep, mutton and lamb production in the first quarter of 2012 declined two per cent. Ewe and ram throughputs were 11 per cent lower on the year with lamb throughputs down three per cent.

Pig meat production in the first quarter of 2012 was two per cent higher than during the same period in 2011. Clean pig throughputs were up two per cent on the year while sow slaughterings were five per cent higher than AHDB estimates for the corresponding period last year. Clean pig carcase weights in the period were lower year on year, as producers finished slaughter pigs to lower weights in an attempt to offset high feed costs.