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UK Slaughter Statistics


19 July 2012

UK Slaughter Statistics - July 2012UK Slaughter Statistics - July 2012

UK clean pig slaughterings for June 2012 were 741,000 head and pig meat production was 61,000 tonnes.
UK Slaughter Statistics

Key points

  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were slightly higher than in June 2011 at 741 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 61 thousand tonnes, 1 per cent higher than in June 2011.
  • Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings were 11 per cent lower than in June 2011 at 144 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 64 thousand tonnes, 11 per cent lower than in June 2011.
  • Sheep: UK clean sheep slaughterings were 7 per cent lower than in June 2011 at 781 thousand head. Mutton and lamb production was 19 thousand tonnes, 5 per cent lower than in June 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 April 2012
5 weeks
May 2012
4 weeks
June 2012
4 weeks
Clean Pigs 934 754 741
Sows and Boars 24 19 19
Steers 98 78 68
Heifers 70 55 49
Young Bulls 25 24 26
Cows and Adult Bulls 50 44 43
Other Sheep and Lambs 944 764 781
Ewes and Rams 155 122 123
* 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 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012
Clean Pigs 77.8 78.0 78.0
Sows and Boars 151.6 151.3 153.8
Steers 372.2 370.3 371.2
Heifers 323.9 323.2 323.1
Young Bulls 348.8 350.1 348.5
Cows and Adult Bulls 319.6 319.4 316.6
Other Sheep and Lambs 19.8 19.8 19.7
Ewes and Rams 27.7 27.6 27.3

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 April 2012
5 weeks
May 2012
4 weeks
June 2012
4 weeks
Pigmeat 76 62 61
Beef 84 69 64
Mutton and Lamb 23 19 19

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
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Clean pigs 185 187 190 199 199 207 186 188 192 193 187 189 185
Sows and boars * * * * * * * 5 5 5 5 5 5
Steers 18 17 19 22 21 20 17 18 19 20 20 19 17
Heifers 14 13 14 15 15 16 14 15 16 15 14 14 12
Young bulls 8 7 6 6 5 5 4 4 5 5 5 6 7
Cows and adult bulls 12 11 12 13 15 16 11 12 11 10 10 11 11
Calves 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1
Other Sheep and Lambs 211 260 279 291 312 284 252 195 196 204 189 191 195
Ewes and Rams 35 39 40 40 45 43 39 34 35 33 31 31 31
* 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
  April 2012
5 weeks
May 2012
4 weeks
June 2012
4 weeks
England & Wales
Clean pigs 724 583 573
Sows and boars 24 19 19
Steers 60 47 42
Heifers 43 34 31
Young bulls 17 16 17
Cows and adult bulls 38 32 31
Calves 5 3 3
Other Sheep and Lambs 803 681 667
Ewes and Rams 149 118 119
Scotland
Clean pigs 58 48 49
Sows and boars 0 0 0
Steers 22 18 16
Heifers 16 12 11
Young bulls 3 3 4
Cows and adult bulls 5 5 5
Calves 0 0 0
Other Sheep and Lambs 122 60 84
Ewes and Rams 2 2 2
Great Britain
Clean pigs 781 631 621
Sows and boars 24 19 19
Steers 82 65 59
Heifers 59 46 42
Young bulls 20 19 22
Cows and adult bulls 43 37 36
Calves 5 3 3
Other Sheep and Lambs 925 741 751
Ewes and Rams 151 119 121
Northern Ireland
Clean pigs 153 123 120
Sows and boars 0 0 0
Steers 15 12 10
Heifers 11 9 7
Young bulls 5 5 5
Cows and adult bulls 7 7 7
Calves 0 0 0
Other Sheep and Lambs 20 23 30
Ewes and Rams 3 3 2
*Data are confidential

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