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UK Slaughter Statistics


23 February 2012

UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2012UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2012

UK clean pig slaughterings for January 2012 were 943,000 head and pig meat production was 78,000 tonnes.
UK Slaughter Statistics

Key Points

  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 5 per cent higher than in January 2011 at 943 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 78 thousand tonnes, a rise of 5 per cent on January 2011.
  • Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings were 12 per cent lower than in January 2011 at 185 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 84 thousand tonnes, 11 per cent lower than in January 2011.
  • Sheep: UK clean sheep slaughterings were 4 per cent lower than in January 2011 at 978 thousand head. Mutton and lamb production was 23 thousand tonnes, 5 per cent lower than in January 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 November 2011
4 weeks
December 2011
4 weeks
January 2012
5 weeks
Clean Pigs 829 743 943
Sows and Boars * * *
Steers 81 69 89
Heifers 66 57 74
Young Bulls 21 17 22
Cows and Adult Bulls 63 46 59
Calves 7 5 6
Other Sheep and Lambs 1136 1007 978
Ewes and Rams 171 158 171
* 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 carcass weights
(kilogramme)
United Kingdom November 2011 December 2011 January 2012
Clean pigs 78.8 78.0 79.1
Sows and boars 144.1 151.3 148.7
Steers 359.0 365.4 368.4
Heifers 316.6 320.7 325.0
Young bulls 347.4 348.4 348.5
Cows and adult bulls 310.4 311.6 318.7
Calves 49.3 50.5 49.6
Other Sheep and Lambs 19.2 18.7 19.6
Ewes and Rams 25.0 24.7 25.5

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 November 2011
4 weeks
December 2011
4 weeks
January 2012
5 weeks
Pig meat 68 61 78
Beef 77 64 84
Mutton and Lamb 26 23 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
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan
Clean pigs 180 191 189 177 178 185 187 190 199 199 207 186 189
Sows and boars * * * * * * * * * * * * 5
Steers 20 20 21 20 20 18 17 19 22 21 20 17 18
Heifers 17 17 16 15 15 14 13 14 15 15 16 14 15
Young bulls 6 6 6 6 7 8 7 6 6 5 5 4 4
Cows and adult bulls 14 12 11 10 12 12 11 12 13 15 16 11 12
Calves 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1
Other Sheep and Lambs 205 207 201 192 180 211 260 279 291 312 284 252 196
Ewes and Rams 39 40 35 34 34 35 39 40 40 45 43 39 34
* 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)
  November 2011
4 weeks
December 2011
4 weeks
January 2012
5 weeks
England & Wales
Clean pigs 639 574 724
Sows and boars * * *
Steers 50 42 55
Heifers 39 32 44
Young bulls 15 12 15
Cows and adult bulls 48 34 45
Calves 5 5 6
Other Sheep and Lambs 964 864 826
Ewes and Rams 165 153 165
Scotland
Clean pigs 59 56 64
Sows and boars 0 0 0
Steers 18 16 20
Heifers 16 16 18
Young bulls 2 2 2
Cows and adult bulls 6 5 6
Calves 0 0 0
Other Sheep and Lambs 147 120 129
Ewes and Rams 3 3 2
Great Britain
Clean pigs 697 629 788
Sows and boars * * 26
Steers 68 58 75
Heifers 56 47 62
Young bulls 17 13 16
Cows and adult bulls 54 38 51
Calves 6 5 5
Other Sheep and Lambs 1111 983 954
Ewes and Rams 167 155 167
Northern Ireland
Clean pigs 131 113 155
Sows and boars 0 0 0
Steers 13 11 15
Heifers 10 9 12
Young bulls 4 4 5
Cows and adult bulls 9 8 9
Calves 1 0 0
Other Sheep and Lambs 25 24 23
Ewes and Rams 4 2 3
*Data are confidential

February 2012

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