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UK Slaughter Statistics


19 January 2012

UK Slaughter Statistics - January 2012UK Slaughter Statistics - January 2012

UK clean pig slaughterings for December 2011 were 747,000 head and pig meat production was 61,000 tonnes.
UK Slaughter Statistics

Key Points

  • *Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings for December 2011 were 747 thousand head with pigmeat production at 61 thousand tonnes.
  • *Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings for December 2011 were 146 thousand head with beef and veal production at 65 thousand tonnes.
  • *Sheep: UK clean sheep slaughterings were 1016 thousand head for December 2011 with mutton and lamb production at 23 thousand tonnes.

*December 2011 is a 4 week statistical month and therefore data are not comparable with December 2010 as this was a 5 week statistical month.

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 October 2011
5 weeks
November 2011
4 weeks
December 2011
4 weeks
Clean Pigs 994 829 747
Sows and Boars * * *
Steers 104 81 70
Heifers 76 66 58
Young Bulls 26 21 17
Cows and Adult Bulls 73 63 47
Calves 9 7 5
Other Sheep and Lambs 1560 1136 1016
Ewes and Rams 224 171 157
* 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 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011
Clean pigs 78.2 78.8 78.1
Sows and boars 154.8 144.1 151.2
Steers 359.0 359.0 364.2
Heifers 314.0 316.6 319.7
Young bulls 344.1 347.4 348.3
Cows and adult bulls 310.7 310.4 311.1
Calves 45.5 49.3 50.3
Other Sheep and Lambs 18.9 19.2 18.8
Ewes and Rams 25.7 25.0 24.7

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 October 2011
5 weeks
November 2011
4 weeks
December 2011
4 weeks
Pig meat 82 68 61
Beef 93 77 65
Mutton and Lamb 35 26 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 2010 2011
Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Clean pigs 178 180 191 189 177 178 185 187 190 199 199 207 187
Sows and boars * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Steers 18 20 20 21 20 20 18 17 19 22 21 20 18
Heifers 15 17 17 16 15 15 14 13 14 15 15 16 14
Young bulls 5 6 6 6 6 7 8 7 6 6 5 5 4
Cows and adult bulls 11 14 12 11 10 12 12 11 12 13 15 16 12
Calves 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1
Other Sheep and Lambs 250 205 207 201 192 180 211 260 279 291 312 284 254
Ewes and Rams 39 39 40 35 34 34 35 39 40 40 45 43 39
* 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)
  October 2011
5 weeks
November 2011
4 weeks
December 2011
4 weeks
England & Wales
Clean pigs 768 639 577
Sows and boars * * *
Steers 61 50 43
Heifers 45 39 33
Young bulls 18 15 12
Cows and adult bulls 53 48 35
Calves 8 6 5
Other Sheep and Lambs 1336 964 873
Ewes and Rams 216 165 152
Scotland
Clean pigs 68 59 56
Sows and boars 0 0 0
Steers 22 18 16
Heifers 20 16 16
Young bulls 2 2 2
Cows and adult bulls 8 6 5
Calves 0 0 0
Other Sheep and Lambs 191 147 119
Ewes and Rams 3 3 2
Great Britain
Clean pigs 836 697 633
Sows and boars * * *
Steers 84 68 59
Heifers 65 56 49
Young bulls 21 17 14
Cows and adult bulls 61 51 40
Calves 8 6 5
Other Sheep and Lambs 1526 1111 992
Ewes and Rams 220 167 154
Northern Ireland
Clean pigs 159 131 113
Sows and boars 0 0 0
Steers 20 13 11
Heifers 11 10 9
Young bulls 5 4 4
Cows and adult bulls 12 9 8
Calves 1 1 0
Other Sheep and Lambs 34 25 24
Ewes and Rams 5 4 2
*Data are confidential

January 2012

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