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UK Slaughter Statistics


20 December 2012

UK Slaughter Statistics - December 2012UK Slaughter Statistics - December 2012

UK prime cattle slaughterings were 4.8 per cent lower than in November 2011 at 160 thousand head.
UK Slaughter Statistics

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 November 2012 are given below:

  • Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings were 4.8 per cent lower than in November 2011 at 160 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 74 thousand tonnes, 3.6 per cent lower than in November 2011.
  • Sheep: UK clean sheep slaughterings were 4.6 per cent lower than in November 2011 at 1084 thousand head. Mutton and lamb production was 24 thousand tonnes, 7.6 per cent lower than in November 2011.
  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 0.1 per cent higher than in November 2011 at 830 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 68 thousand tonnes, 0.2 per cent higher than in November 2011.

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.

UK Monthly Slaughter Estimates
Thousand Head

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.

UK Average Dressed Carcase Weights
Kilogramme

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.

UK Monthly Home-killed Production of Meat
Thousand Tonnes

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.

UK Average Weekly Slaughterings
Thousand Head

* Data are confidential

 

United Kingdom Average Weekly Slaughtering – Cattle

 

United Kingdom Average Weekly Slaughtering – Sheep

 

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.

UK Slaughterings by Country
Thousand Head

December 2012

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