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UK Slaughter Statistics February 2008: Numbers Creep Up

by 5m Editor
25 February 2008, at 12:18pm

UK - This publication by Defra shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The trend shows slight increases to numbers, although carcase weights remain static.

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.

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 November 2007
4 Weeks
December 2007
4 Weeks
January 2008
5 Weeks
Clean Pigs
798 718 884
Sows and Boars
31 21 28

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 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008
Clean Pigs
78.5 77.0 77.1
Sows and Boars
148.7 153.1 155.0

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 November 2007
4 Weeks
December 2007
4 Weeks
January 2008
5 Weeks
Beef
76 66 83
Mutton and Lamb
29 30 33
Pigmeat
67 59 73

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
2007 2008
Pigs Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan
Clean Pigs 166 180 179 174 171 181 176 161 182 192 199 179 177
Sows and Boar 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 1 3 2 8 5 6



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