UK Slaughter Statistics
21 August 2014
This release shows the latest monthly information on the slaughtering of cattle, sheep and pigs. It also includes dressed carcase weight and meat production information. The key results for July 2014 are given below:
- Cattle: UK prime cattle (steers, heifers and young bulls) slaughterings were 1.4% higher than in July 2013 at 177 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 79 thousand tonnes, 3% higher than in July 2013 due to continuing heavy carcase weights.
- Sheep: UK clean sheep slaughterings were 6.3% higher than in July 2013 at 1270 thousand head. Mutton and lamb production was 29 thousand tonnes, 5.4% higher than in July 2013.
- Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 0.5% higher than in July 2013 at 970 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 80 thousand tonnes, 1.7% higher than in July 2013.
Monthly numbers of home killed livestock slaughtered
Table 1 shows monthly estimates of the number of home killed cattle, sheep and pigs, slaughtered as meat for human consumption in UK abattoirs. The survey is run according to statistical, rather than calendar months, the number of weeks in the statistical month is specified below.
Average dressed carcase weights
Table 2 shows the monthly average dressed carcase weight of livestock slaughtered for meat for human consumption in the United Kingdom.
Monthly volumes of home killed meat production
Table 3 shows the monthly volumes of meat produced in UK abattoirs. Data is shown according to statistical, rather than calendar months, number of weeks in statistical month as specified.
Average weekly numbers of home killed livestock slaughtered
Table 4 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 Figures 4:1, 4:2 and 4:3, following this table.
Monthly numbers of home killed livestock slaughtered by country
Table 5 shows monthly estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered for meat in England and Wales, Scotland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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