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UK Slaughter Statistics


22 February 2013

UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2013UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2013


UK Slaughter Statistics

Key Points

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 January 2013 are given below:

  • Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings were 3.1 per cent lower than in January 2012 at 181 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 82 thousand tonnes, 3.3 per cent lower than in January 2012.
  • Sheep: UK clean sheep slaughterings were 13 per cent higher than in January 2012 at 1104 thousand head. Mutton and lamb production was 26 thousand tonnes, 10.1 per cent higher than in January 2012.
  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 1.5 per cent higher than in January 2012 at 954 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 80 thousand tonnes, 2.1 per cent higher than in January 2012.

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

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

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

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

February 2013

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