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United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - July 2006

by 5m Editor
21 July 2006, at 12:56pm

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

This publication shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 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, with the exception of 2004 which is a 53 week statistical year where December 2004 statistics are for a 5 week month.

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 April 2006
5 weeks
May 2006
4 weeks
June 2006
4 weeks
Clean Pigs 781 665 665
Sows and Boars 17 14 14
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 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006
Clean Pigs 74.6 75.1 74.2
Sows and Boars 155.1 151.1 150.3
Kilogramme

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 April 2006
5 weeks
May 2006
4 weeks
June 2006
4 weeks
Beef 74 68 65
Mutton and Lamb 27 20 23
Pigmeat 61 52 52
Thousand tonnes

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.

2005 2006
(Thousand Head) Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June
Clean Pigs 173 167 172 177 176 186 178 164 171 170 156 166 166
Sows and Boars 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 3 4 4 3 4 4
Thousand head

Further Information

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

Source: Defra - 20th July 2006

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