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Livestock Slaughterings October 2023

The number of pigs slaughtered between January and October 2023 fell by 9.3%

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

Key Findings

  • Between January and October 2023, Cattle slaughterings decreased by 2.8% when compared with the same period in 2022.

  • In the first 10 months of the year, Sheep slaughterings fell by 0.7% on the same period in 2022.

  • The number of Pigs slaughtered was down by 9.3% between January and October 2023 when compared with the same 10 months in 2022.

  • An analysis of the data for October 2023 compared with October 2022 shows that Cattle slaughterings increased by 4.1%.

  • The number of Sheep slaughtered rose by 0.4% in October 2023 when compared with October 2022.

  • Pig slaughterings contracted by 3.3% in October 2023 compared with October 2022. 

Statistician's Comment

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (28 November 2023) released Livestock Slaughterings October 2023.

Commenting on the release, Mairead Griffin, Statistician in the Agriculture Accounts & Production Section, said: "Cattle slaughterings increased by 4.1% to almost 175,000 heads in October 2023 when compared with October 2022. The number of Sheep slaughtered rose by 0.4% to nearly 278,000 heads in October 2023 when compared with October 2022, while Pig slaughterings contracted by 3.3% to almost 272,000 heads.

Further analysis of the data shows that between January and October 2023, Cattle slaughterings decreased by 2.8% to more than 1.5m heads while the number of Sheep slaughtered fell by 0.7% to just over 2.6m heads. Pig slaughterings were down by 9.3% to approximately 2.7m heads over the same 10-month period." 

Main Results

Table 1.1: Livestock Slaughterings - October 2023
 CattleSheepPigs
'000 heads
October 2022167.8276.4280.9
October 2023174.7277.5271.7
 % change
October 2023/20224.1%0.4%-3.3%
Jan-Oct 2023/2022-2.8%-0.7%-9.3%

Year-to-Date findings: January 2023–October 2023

Cattle slaughterings in the year to October 2023 are estimated to be more than 1.5m heads, a drop of 44,543 heads (-2.8%) when compared with the same period in 2022.

Between January and October 2023, Sheep slaughterings fell by 17,240 heads (-0.7%) to just over 2.6m heads when compared with the same 10 months in 2022.

Pig slaughterings are estimated to be more than 2.7m heads between January and October 2023, down 282,701 heads (-9.3%) on the same period in 2022.

X-axis label202120222023
Cattle1479.6271590.4151545.872
Sheep2458.1812636.9092619.669
Pigs3048.8223031.6442748.943

Monthly findings: October 2023

The number of Cattle slaughtered in October 2023 increased by 6,954 heads (+4.1%) to 174,721 heads when compared with October 2022.

Sheep slaughterings in October 2023 are estimated at 277,508 heads, up 1,105 heads (+0.4%) when compared with the same month in 2022.

The number of Pigs slaughtered in October 2023 decreased by 9,212 heads (-3.3%) to 271,672 heads when compared with October 2022. 

X-axis labelCattleSheepPigs
Jan 2022143.874226.888295.894
Feb 2022159.271234.464303.966
Mar 2022173.419251.976324.738
Apr 2022161.192265.796312.067
May 2022154.76236.348320.496
Jun 2022144.602253.011301.663
Jul 2022147.959281.839290.378
Aug 2022166.549298.674300.339
Sep 2022171.022311.511301.219
Oct 2022167.767276.403280.884
Nov 2022179.987288.906322.905
Dec 2022141.236271.261280.985
Jan 2023153.474252.711296.318
Feb 2023156.211222.126255.189
Mar 2023165.328286.653298.182
Apr 2023134.284249.349250.594
May 2023153.831250.324288.265
Jun 2023148.946275.778274.192
Jul 2023144.288248.711261.809
Aug 2023162.125281.761287.852
Sep 2023152.664274.748264.87
Oct 2023174.721277.508271.672
Table 1.2: Livestock Slaughterings October 2023