UK Slaughter Statistics
19 December 2013
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 November 2013 are given below:
- Cattle: UK prime cattle (steers, heifers and young bulls) slaughterings were 1.6 per cent lower than in November 2012 at 158 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 71 thousand tonnes, 4.8 per cent lower than in November 2012.
- Sheep: UK clean sheep slaughterings were 1.0 per cent higher than in November 2012 at 1083 thousand head. Mutton and lamb production was 25 thousand tonnes, 5.1 per cent higher than in November 2012.
- Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 0.6 per cent lower than in November 2012 at 826 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 69 thousand tonnes, 0.8 per cent higher than in November 2012.
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.
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