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United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - December 2008

by 5m Editor
18 December 2008, at 6:04am

UK - While the number of clean pigs sent for slaughter rose ever so slightly in the month of November, the number of sows and boars sent for slaughter decreased slightly, according to the latest figures from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

726,000 clean pigs went for slaughter compared to 724,000 in September and 880,000 in October. The October figures appear higher due to it being a five-week month.

The number of sows and boars sent for slaughter was 16,000 in November compared to 21,000 in October and 18,000 in September.

The average carcase weights remain fairly stable at 77.7 kg for clean pigs although the sow and boar average slaughter weight rose only very slightly to 148.3 kg in November compared to 146.3 kg in October.

Overall, the UK produced 59,000 tonnes of pig meat during November compared to 71,000 tonnes in October, 59,000 tonnes in September and 54,000 tonnes in August.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.