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UK Slaughter Statistics - September 2010

by 5m Editor
17 September 2010, at 1:05am

UK - The latest National Statistics produced by Defra on UK Slaughterings of cattle, sheep and pigs were released on 16 September 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Key points

This release shows the latest monthly information on the slaughtering of cattle, sheep and pigs. It also includes dressed carcase weight and meat production information. The key results for August 2010 are given below:

  • Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings were 15 per cent higher than in August 2009 at 158 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 68 thousand tonnes, 17 per cent higher than in August 2009.
  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 4 per cent higher than in August 2009 at 717 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 59 thousand tonnes, a rise of 4 per cent on August 2009.

Section 1: UK monthly slaughter estimates

This table shows monthly estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered for meat for human consumption in the United Kingdom. The survey is run according to statistical, rather than calendar months, the number of weeks in the statistical month is specified below.

Table 1: UK Monthly Slaughter Estimates
(Thousand Head)
United Kingdom June 2010
4 weeks
July 2010
5 weeks
August 2010
4 weeks
Steers 74 90 72
Heifers 58 69 54
Young Bulls 34 43 33
Cows and Adult Bulls 38 52 40
Calves 3 5 5
Clean Pigs 685 856 717
Sows and Boars 15 * *
*Data are confidential

Section 2: UK average dressed carcase weights

This table shows the monthly average dressed carcase weight of livestock slaughtered for meat for human consumption in the United Kingdom. Longer term trends can be found on the Defra website by clicking here.

Table 2: UK average dressed carcase weights
(Kilogramme)
United Kingdom June 2010 July 2010 August 2010
Steers 372.4 370.2 367.4
Heifers 323.4 322.3 320.5
Young Bulls 347.6 348.1 349.5
Cows and Adult Bulls 325.2 317.7 314.5
Calves 32.7 43.7 37.7
Clean Pigs 77.7 76.8 78.1
Sows and Boars 156.2 148.9 160.9

Section 3: UK monthly home-killed production of meat

This table shows the monthly volumes of meat produced in the United Kingdom. Data is shown according to statistical, rather than calendar months, number of weeks in statistical month as specified.

Table 3: UK monthly home-killed production of meat
(Thousand Tonnes)
United Kingdom June 2010
4 weeks
July 2010
5 weeks
August 2010
4 weeks
Beef 71 87 68
Pig Meat 56 69 59

Section 4: UK average weekly slaughterings

This following table shows the average weekly slaughter figures for the last thirteen months. The monthly slaughter figures in section one are affected by the number of weeks in the statistical month. To get a clearer measure of trends weekly averages are calculated by dividing the number of livestock slaughtered each month by the number of weeks in the statistical month.

Longer term trends can be seen in the charts following this table.

Table 4: UK average weekly slaughterings
(Thousand Head)
United Kingdom 2009 2010
Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
Steers 16 20 21 21 18 17 20 20 20 20 19 18 18
Heifers 13 14 15 16 15 15 16 16 15 15 15 14 13
Young Bulls 5 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 7 8 9 8
Cows and Adult Bulls 9 10 11 12 10 10 12 10 9 10 10 10 10
Calves 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Clean Pigs 172 173 182 185 180 169 176 177 172 174 171 171 179
Sows and Boars 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 * *
*Data are confidential



United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering - Cattle

United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering - Pigs

Section 5: UK slaughterings by country

This table shows monthly estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered for meat in England and Wales, Scotland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Data are shown in statistical months, rather than calendar months. The totals for the countries may not add up to the Great Britain totals or the United Kingdom totals in section one, due to rounding.

Section 5: UK slaughterings by country
(Thousand Head)
June 2010
4 weeks
July 2010
5 weeks
August 2010
4 weeks
England & Wales
Steers 45 57 44
Heifers 35 43 35
Young Bulls 21 27 21
Cows and Adult Bulls 28 38 30
Calves 3 5 5
Clean Pigs 531 661 551
Sows and Boars 14 * *
Scotland
Steers 18 21 17
Heifers 13 16 11
Young Bulls 5 6 5
Cows and Adult Bulls 4 5 4
Calves 0 0 0
Clean Pigs 39 51 46
Sows and Boars 0 0 0
Great Britain
Steers 63 79 62
Heifers 48 59 46
Young Bulls 25 33 26
Clean Pigs 570 712 597
Sows and Boars 14 * *
Northern Ireland
Steers 11 11 10
Heifers 10 10 8
Young Bulls 8 10 7
Cows and Adult Bulls 6 8 6
Calves 0 0 0
Clean Pigs 115 144 121
Sows and Boars 1 1 1
*Data are confidential

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.