UK Slaughter Statistics - January 2008

UK - Recent figures collected on the Defra Slaughter Statistics survey have revealed mixed results for UK slaughter estimates for December.
calendar icon 23 January 2009
clock icon 1 minute read

Slaughter rates were down on all cattle in December, by comparison with November's statistics. Steers fell from 79,000 to 72,000; heifers from 62,000 to 60,0000; and young bulls from 19,000 to 18,000. 47,000 cows and adult bulls were slaughtered and 4,000 calves.

The surveys of slaughterhouses also collect information on the meat produced which enables average dressed carcase weights to be calculated. They revealed that the carcase weight of steers were up slightly to 350.8 kilogrammes on average. Heifer weights also rose, to 307.4 kilogrammes. Figures for calves, cows adult bulls also rose. However, young bulls dropped slightly.

Information on meat produced is also collected. This enables the total quantity of meat produced in the United Kingdom to be calculated. Home-killed production includes livestock imported into the United Kingdom for slaughter in the survey. According to Defra total beef killed was 64,000 tonnes, down from 71,000 tonnes the previous month.

The average monthly slaughterings are affected by the number of weeks in the month. In order to provide a better, and more immediately accessible to readers, measure of trends over time, the following graph shows the average weekly slaughterings for each of the last three years.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

TheCattleSite News Desk

© 2000 - 2023 - Global Ag Media. All Rights Reserved | No part of this site may be reproduced without permission.