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Livestock Slaughterings August 2022

The number of cattle slaughtered during the period January to August 2022 increased by 8.2%

Online ISSN: 2009-5651
CSO statistical publication, , 11am

Key Findings

  • Sheep slaughterings rose by 8.0% between January and August 2022 when compared with the same period in 2021.

  • The number of pigs slaughtered grew by 0.4% between January and August 2022 when compared with the same period in 2021.

  • An analysis of the data for August 2022 compared with August 2021 shows that cattle slaughterings increased by 6.9%.

  • The number of sheep slaughtered rose by 4.4% in August 2022 compared with August 2021. 

  • Pig slaughterings decreased by 2.3% in August 2022 compared with August 2021.

Tables and Graphs

Table 1.1 presents analysis on month versus month and year-to-date comparisons of the current year and the previous year's livestock slaughterings. Figure 1 shows year-to-date trends of livestock slaughterings from 2020 to 2022.

Table 1.1: Livestock Slaughterings - August 2022
CattleSheepPigs
'000 heads
August 2021155.8283.1307.4
August 2022166.5295.7300.2
 % change
August 2022/20216.9%4.4%-2.3%
Jan-Aug 2022/20218.2%8.0%0.4%
X-axis label202020212022
Cattle1240.491157.6031252.02
Sheep2023.5881893.7122045.0574
Pigs2320.5492438.6382449.42

Please note that from this August 2022 release, we have amended the labels on the attached Table 1.2 to reflect the correct unit measurements for livestock weights. All weights are published in thousands of tonnes but releases for the period January 2016 to July 2022 incorrectly state the weights in tonnes. The releases for the period January 2016 to February 2018 also incorrectly state that the unit of measurement for the number of livestock slaughtered in heads instead of thousands of heads. However, it should be noted that the relevant PxStat table, ADM01, was not impacted by these incorrect labels.

Show Table: Table 1.2: Livestock Slaughterings August 2022