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UK Slaughter Statistics


24 May 2012

UK Slaughter Statistics - May 2012UK Slaughter Statistics - May 2012

UK clean pig slaughterings for April 2012 were 934,000 head and pig meat production was 76,000 tonnes.
UK Slaughter Statistics

Key points

  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 5 per cent higher than in April 2011 at 934 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 76 thousand tonnes, 6 per cent higher than in April 2011.
  • Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings were 5 per cent lower than in April 2011 at 193 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 84 thousand tonnes, 3 per cent lower than in April 2011.
  • Sheep: UK clean sheep slaughterings were slightly lower than in April 2011 at 958 thousand head. Mutton and lamb production was 23 thousand tonnes, virtually unchanged compared to April 2011.

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 February 2012
4 weeks
March 2012
4 weeks
April 2012
5 weeks
Clean Pigs 768 771 934
Sows and Boars 19 21 24
Steers 78 78 98
Heifers 62 60 70
Young Bulls 18 19 25
Cows and Adult Bulls 45 40 50
Other Sheep and Lambs 786 818 958
Ewes and Rams 139 134 158
* 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.

Table 2: UK average dressed carcase weights
Kilogramme
United Kingdom February 2012 March 2012 April 2012
Clean Pigs 79.3 78.8 77.8
Sows and Boars 149.5 148.8 151.6
Steers 370.2 371.3 371.7
Heifers 324.5 324.2 324.5
Young Bulls 348.5 346.4 347.5
Cows and Adult Bulls 319.4 321.5 320.2
Other Sheep and Lambs 19.8 20.1 19.7
Ewes and Rams 25.9 26.4 27.4

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 February 2012
4 weeks
March 2012
4 weeks
April 2012
5 weeks
Pigmeat 64 64 76
Beef 70 68 84
Mutton and Lamb 19 20 23

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 2011 2012
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
Clean pigs 177 178 185 187 190 199 199 207 186 188 192 193 187
Sows and boars * * * * * * * * * 5 5 5 5
Steers 20 20 18 17 19 22 21 20 17 18 19 20 20
Heifers 15 15 14 13 14 15 15 16 14 15 16 15 14
Young bulls 6 7 8 7 6 6 5 5 4 4 5 5 5
Cows and adult bulls 10 12 12 11 12 13 15 16 11 12 11 10 10
Calves 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 1
Other Sheep and Lambs 192 180 211 260 279 291 312 284 252 195 196 204 192
Ewes and Rams 34 34 35 39 40 40 45 43 39 34 35 33 32
* Data are confidential



United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering - Pigs


United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering – Cattle


United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering – Sheep

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)
Table 5: UK slaughterings by country
Thousand Head
  February 2012
4 weeks
March 2012
4 weeks
April 2012
5 weeks
England & Wales
Clean pigs 592 598 724
Sows and boars 19 21 24
Steers 48 49 60
Heifers 37 37 43
Young bulls 12 13 17
Cows and adult bulls 34 31 37
Calves 6 7 5
Other Sheep and Lambs 658 694 820
Ewes and Rams 135 130 153
Scotland
Clean pigs 52 49 58
Sows and boars 0 0 0
Steers 18 18 22
Heifers 15 14 16
Young bulls 2 2 3
Cows and adult bulls 4 4 5
Calves 0 0 0
Other Sheep and Lambs 110 108 119
Ewes and Rams 2 2 2
Great Britain
Clean pigs 644 646 781
Sows and boars 19 21 24
Steers 66 67 82
Heifers 52 51 59
Young bulls 14 15 20
Cows and adult bulls 38 35 42
Calves 6 7 5
Other Sheep and Lambs 768 802 938
Ewes and Rams 137 131 155
Northern Ireland
Clean pigs 124 124 153
Sows and boars 0 0 0
Steers 12 11 15
Heifers 10 9 11
Young bulls 4 4 5
Cows and adult bulls 7 6 7
Calves 0 0 0
Other Sheep and Lambs 18 15 20
Ewes and Rams 3 2 3
*Data are confidential

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