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UK Slaughter Statistics - October 2010

by 5m Editor
19 October 2010, at 1:11am

UK - The latest National Statistics produced by Defra on UK Slaughterings of cattle, sheep and pigs were released on 14 October 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 September 2010 are given below:

  • Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings were 9 per cent higher than in September 2009 at 171 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 74 thousand tonnes, 11 per cent higher than in September 2009.
  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 5 per cent higher than in September 2009 at 728 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 60 thousand tonnes, a rise of 5 per cent on September 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 July 2010
5 weeks
August 2010
4 weeks
September 2010
4 weeks
Steers 91 72 85
Heifers 68 54 59
Young Bulls 43 32 27
Cows and Adult Bulls 53 41 47
Calves 5 5 7
Clean Pigs 857 718 728
Sows and Boars * * *
* Data are confidential

Section 2: UK average dressed carcase weights

The following table shows the monthly average dressed carcase weight of livestock 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. Longer term trends can be found on the Defra website by clicking here.

Table 2: UK average dressed carcase weights
(Kilogramme)
United Kingdom July 2010 August 2010 September 2010
Steers 370.2 367.6 363.9
Heifers 322.4 320.4 320.8
Young Bulls 348.1 349.7 348.1
Cows and Adult Bulls 317.6 314.4 316.5
Calves 43.4 37.5 42.9
Clean Pigs 76.8 78.1 78.9
Sows and Boars 148.9 160.9 155.2

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 July 2010
5 weeks
August 2010
4 weeks
September 2010
4 weeks
Beef 87 68 74
Pigmeat 69 59 60

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
Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Steers 20 21 21 18 17 20 20 20 20 19 18 18 21
Heifers 14 15 16 15 15 16 16 15 15 15 14 13 15
Young Bulls 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 7 8 9 8 7
Cows and Adult Bulls 10 11 12 10 10 12 10 9 10 10 11 10 12
Calves 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Clean Pigs 173 182 185 180 169 176 177 172 174 171 171 179 182
Sows and Boars 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)
July 2010
5 weeks
August 2010
4 weeks
September 2010
4 weeks
England & Wales
Steers 58 45 49
Heifers 43 34 36
Young Bulls 27 21 19
Cows and Adult Bulls 39 30 35
Calves 5 5 7
Clean Pigs 662 552 561
Sows and Boars * * *
Scotland
Steers 21 17 19
Heifers 16 11 13
Young Bulls 6 5 4
Cows and Adult Bulls 5 4 5
Calves 0 0 0
Clean Pigs 51 46 46
Sows and Boars 0 0 0
Great Britain
Steers 79 62 69
Heifers 58 46 49
Young Bulls 33 26 22
Cows and Adult Bulls 44 35 40
Calves 5 5 7
Clean Pigs 713 597 608
Sows and Boars * * *
Northern Ireland
Steers 11 10 16
Heifers 10 8 10
Young Bulls 10 7 5
Cows and Adult Bulls 8 6 7
Calves 0 0 0
Clean Pigs 144 121 121
Sows and Boars 1 1 1
*Data are confidential

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.