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CSO statistical release, 24 March 2017, 11am

Livestock Slaughterings

February 2017

 CattleSheepPigs
 '000 head
February 2016150.3 185.6 279.5
February 2017148.9 208.8 256.4
% Change                
February 2017/2016-0.9%12.5%-8.3%
Jan-Feb 2017/20163.4%17.7%-0.7%

Sheep slaughterings are up by 12.5% in February 2017

Livestock Slaughterings Release February 2017 Figure 1

 

The number of sheep slaughtered in February 2017 is up by 12.5% when compared to February 2016.  See Table 1 and graph.

A further comparison of February 2017 and February 2016 slaughtering figures also shows that:

  • Cattle slaughterings decreased by 0.9%
  • Pig slaughterings decreased by 8.3%

A comparison of figures for January-February 2017 with the corresponding period of 2016 shows that:

  • Cattle slaughterings increased by 3.4%
  • Sheep slaughterings increased by 17.7%
  • Pig slaughterings decreased by 0.7%
Table 1 Livestock Slaughterings            
                
CategoryYearUnitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
                
Cattle 2015head141.3 136.1 146.4 135.9 128.1 131.5 144.1 132.9 145.7 142.3 146.7 133.7 1,664.9
 2016 137.9 150.3 145.6 134.5 133.5 138.0 135.9 148.9 161.4 151.0 166.0 141.3 1,744.2
 2017 149.2 ²148.9           298.1
                
Sheep2015head194.1 167.4 202.5 199.2 199.6 259.6 297.9 275.2 310.3 262.0 233.2 231.7 2,832.8
 2016 197.7 185.6 227.2 190.9 227.1 252.6 258.2 267.8 291.5 258.2 283.5 251.9 2,892.2
 2017 242.3 ²208.8           451.1
                
Pigs2015head265.4 250.8 270.4 269.6 257.1 262.6 285.1 256.3 277.8 278.3 287.7 264.9 3,226.0
 2016 266.2 279.5 280.1 281.6 277.8 275.3 266.6 285.0 279.2 260.4 299.2 265.7 3,316.6
 2017 285.6 ²256.4           542.0
                
Cattle2015tonnes 147.2 45.4 48.8 45.6 43.0 44.5 49.1 45.5 50.3 48.9 50.2 45.7 564.1
 2016 47.5 51.0 49.1 45.1 44.9 46.6 45.7 50.5 55.0 51.0 55.0 46.9 588.4
 2017 49.9 ²49.2           99.1
                
Sheep2015tonnes 14.0 3.5 4.2 4.2 4.1 5.3 6.1 5.6 6.4 5.4 4.9 4.7 58.4
 2016 4.2 4.0 4.9 4.1 4.7 5.2 5.3 5.6 6.1 5.5 6.1 5.4 60.9
 2017 5.3 4.5           9.8
                
Pigs2015tonnes 123.3 21.6 23.3 23.3 22.1 22.3 23.5 21.7 23.6 24.9 24.7 22.2 276.4
 2016 23.3 24.2 24.1 24.3 23.7 23.3 22.4 24.0 23.5 22.0 25.5 22.6 282.7
 2017 25.2 22.3           47.5
                
1 Carcass weight         
2 Revised             
Totals may not equal the sum of the categories due to rounding differences.      

Background Notes

Introduction

This release gives the number and carcass weight of cattle, sheep and pig slaughterings in the Republic of Ireland. The figures include slaughterings at both meat establishments approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and slaughterhouses and meat plants approved by Local Authorities under S.I. 432 of 2009. The collection of monthly slaughtering data for cattle, sheep and pigs is governed by Regulation (EC) No. 1165/2008.

DAFM approved plants

Data on the number of slaughterings in meat establishments approved by DAFM for cattle, sheep and pigs is obtained monthly from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Average carcass weights of cattle are taken from the Department’s Beef Carcass Classification Scheme. Average carcass weights of pigs are based on information obtained directly from DAFM approved plants by the CSO. Average carcass weights of sheep are based on average weights data provided by DAFM.

Local Authorities approved plants

The CSO conducts a monthly survey of all Local Authorities in the State. All slaughterings in slaughterhouses and meat plants approved by Local Authorities under S.I. 432 of 2009 are included.

The carcass weight of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered in premises under Local Authority control corresponds with those applied to DAFM approved plants.

Calves

Calf slaughterings are included with cattle.

Carcass Weights

For cattle, the carcass weight is defined as the weight of the slaughtered animal’s cold body after being skinned, bled and eviscerated and after removal of external genitalia, the limb at the carpus and tarsus, head, tail, kidneys and kidney fats and the udder.

For sheep, the carcass weight is defined as the weight of the slaughtered animal’s cold body after being skinned, bled and eviscerated and after removal of the head, feet, tail and genital organs including the udder. Kidneys and kidney fats are included in the carcass.

For pigs, the carcass weight is defined as the weight of the slaughtered animal’s cold body either whole or divided in half along the mid-line, after being bled and eviscerated and after the removal of the tongue, bristles, hooves, genitalia, flare fat, kidneys and diaphragm.

Timing of Easter

Easter falls each year on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th, inclusively. In 2017 Easter Sunday will fall on April 16th, while in 2016 it fell on March 27th. The level of sheep slaughterings in March and April each year is greatly influenced by when Easter falls.

Dates for Easter Sunday

2017 - 16th April  

2016 - 27th March

2015 - 5th April

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