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UK Slaughter Statistics

23 May 2016

UK Slaughter Statistics - April 2016UK Slaughter Statistics - April 2016

UK Slaughter Statistics

Key points

From February 2016 onwards data collection moved from a statistical month to a calendar month basis. Year on year comparisons are therefore calculated using average daily throughput to account for the varied number of days in each period.

The key results for April 2016 compared to April 2015 are:

  • Cattle: UK prime cattle (steers, heifers and young bulls) slaughterings in April 2016 were 11% higher than April 2015 at 173,000 head. Beef and veal production was 77,000 tonnes, 11% higher than in April 2015.
  • Sheep: UK clean sheep slaughterings were 7.3% lower than in April 2015 at 864,000 head. Mutton and lamb production was 21,000 tonnes, 5.9% lower than in April 2015.
  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 7.4% higher than in April 2015 at 894,000 head. Pigmeat production was 77,000 tonnes, 8.4% Higher than in April 2015.

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