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United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - February 2004

by 5m Editor
18 February 2004, at 12:00am

UK - This publication by Defra shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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They are based on data from all slaughterhouses but remain provisional until all the returns are in. The statistics are shown in statistical months - that is, statistics for January, April, July, and October are for periods of five weeks while statistics for other months are for periods of four weeks. Unless otherwise stated, all information is for the United Kingdom.

In this issue:

  1. UK monthly slaughter estimates.
  2. UK monthly average dressed carcase weights.
  3. UK monthly home-killed production of meat.
  4. UK average weekly slaughter estimates.
  5. UK slaughterings by country.
  6. UK quarterly production and supplies of meat.

1. UK monthly slaughter estimates

Monthly estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered for meat in the United Kingdom are given in the table below. They are shown in statistical months.

United Kingdom November 2003
4 weeks
December 2003
4 weeks
January 2004
5 weeks
Clean Pigs 735 689 847
Sows and Boars 18 18 24
Thousand head

A dataset showing slaughter statistics for the same months in previous years can be found on the Defra website at
http://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/slaughm.xls (Excel format).

2. UK average dressed carcase weights

The surveys of slaughterhouses also collect information on the meat produced which enables average dressed carcase weights to be calculated. Monthly average dressed carcase weight for livestock slaughtered for meat in the United Kingdom are given in the table below.

United Kingdom November 2003 December 2003 January 2004
Clean Pigs 75.2 74.7 75.8
Sows and Boars 167.9 155.9 158.1
Kilogramme

Livestock slaughtered under the Over Thirty Month Scheme are excluded.
A dataset showing slaughter statistics for the same months in previous years can be found on the Defra website at
http://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/alldcw.xls.

3. UK monthly home-killed production of meat

The surveys of slaughterhouses also collect information on the meat produced. This enables the total quantity of meat produced in the United Kingdom to be calculated. Home-killed production includes livestock imported into the United Kingdom for slaughter and differs from home-fed production (see Table 6) which excludes livestock imported into the United Kingdom for slaughter. The figures are shown in statistical months.

United Kingdom November 2003
4 weeks
December 2003
4 weeks
January 2004
5 weeks
Beef 59 52 62
Mutton and Lamb 27 26 28
Pigmeat 58 54 68
Thousand tonnes

Livestock slaughtered under the Over Thirty Month Scheme are excluded.

4. UK average weekly slaughterings

The monthly figures shown in Table 1 are affected by the number of weeks in the month. In order to provide a better, and more immediately accessible to readers, measure of trends over time, the following tables show average weekly slaughterings for each of the last twelve months. Longer time series are shown in the charts.

2003 2004
Pigs Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan
Clean Pigs 180 178 168 167 173 168 169 182 180 184 172 169
Sows and Boars 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 5
Thousand head

Further Information

To read the full report, please click here (PDF Format)

Source: Defra - 17th February 2004

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