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UK Slaughter Statistics - Pigs Falling

by 5m Editor
22 January 2008, at 11:00am

UK - January 2008. This publication by Defra shows various statistics for 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.

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.
Other Defra statistics can be found on the Defra website at http://www.defra.gov.uk (from the home page, click on ‘Economic and Statistics’).

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.

Thousand head
United Kingdom October 2007 November 2007 December 2007
5 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
Clean Pigs 960 796 715
Sows and Boars 12 31 21

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.

Kilogramme
United Kingdom October 2007 November 2007 December 2007
5 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
Clean Pigs 77.8 78.5 77.2
Sows and Boars 141.5 148.7 153.1

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.

Thousand tonnes
United Kingdom October 2007 November 2007 December 2007
5 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
Beef 88 75 66
Mutton and Lamb 34 29 29
Pigmeat 76 67 58

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.

Thousand head
2006 2007
Pigs Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov dec
Clean Pigs 173 166 180 179 174 171 181 176 161 182 192 199 179
Sows and Boars 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 1 3 2 8 5

Further Reading

- To read the full report, please clicking here(PDF Format).

5m Editor