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United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - November 2006

by 5m Editor
23 November 2006, at 2:11pm

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 August 2006
4 weeks
September 2006
4 weeks
October 2006
5 weeks
Clean Pigs 686 724 914
Sows and Boars 15 17 21
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 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006
Clean Pigs 74.2 75.3 74.8
Sows and Boars 153.1 153.4 156.8
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 August 2006
4 weeks
September 2006
4 weeks
October 2006
5 weeks
Beef 59 69 87
Mutton and Lamb 27 29 35
Pigmeat 53 57 72
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) Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Clean Pigs 176 186 178 164 171 170 157 166 166 166 171 171 181
Sows and Boars 3 4 3 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
Thousand head

Further Information

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