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Livestock Slaughterings

July 2016

 CattleSheepPigs
 '000 head
July 2015 144.1 297.9 285.1
July 2016 135.8 257.6 267.0
% Change                
July 2016/2015-5.8%-13.5%-6.4%
Jan-July 2016/20151.4%1.5%3.6%

Cattle slaughterings decreased by 5.8% in July 2016

Livestock Slaughterings July 2016 Figure 1
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The number of cattle slaughtered in July 2016 decreased by 5.8% when compared to July 2015. See Table 1 and graph.

A further comparison of July 2016 and July 2015 slaughtering figures also shows that:

  • Sheep slaughterings decreased  by 13.5%
  • Pig slaughterings decreased by 6.4%

A comparison of figures for January-July 2016 with the corresponding period of 2015 shows that:

  • Cattle slaughterings increased by 1.4%
  • Sheep slaughterings increased by 1.5%
  • Pig slaughterings increased by 3.6%
Table 1 Livestock Slaughterings            
                
CategoryYearUnitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
                
Cattle 2014head147.4 136.1 146.4 148.2 146.4 138.2 138.5 138.6 159.6 162.1 146.0 141.2 1,748.7
 2015 141.3 136.1 146.4 135.9 128.1 131.5 144.1 132.9 145.7 142.3 146.7 133.7 1,664.9
 2016 138.1 150.6 145.8 134.7 133.7 ²138.2 135.8      976.9
                
Sheep2014head207.0 176.3 168.6 210.0 211.3 252.0 302.6 274.1 313.2 289.3 213.9 218.5 2,836.6
 2015 194.1 167.4 202.5 199.2 199.6 259.6 297.9 275.2 310.3 262.0 233.2 231.7 2,832.8
 2016 198.4 186.4 228.0 191.7 227.2 ²253.2 ²257.6      1542.6
                
Pigs2014head260.3 229.8 236.5 250.1 248.2 240.1 265.5 242.6 271.1 275.2 265.3 258.1 3,042.8
 2015 265.4 250.8 270.4 269.6 257.1 262.6 285.1 256.3 277.8 278.3 287.7 264.9 3,226.0
 2016 266.3 279.7 280.2 281.7 277.9 275.4 ²267.0      1,928.2
                
Cattle2014tonnes 149.4 45.4 48.6 49.3 48.8 46.2 45.8 46.3 53.6 53.9 48.2 46.6 581.9
 2015 47.2 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 47.6 51.0 49.2 45.2 45.0 46.7 45.7      330.4
                
Sheep2014tonnes 14.3 3.6 3.5 4.3 4.3 5.0 6.0 5.6 6.3 5.9 4.4 4.5 57.6
 2015 4.0 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      32.4
                
Pigs2014tonnes 122.1 19.1 19.8 20.8 20.5 19.8 21.9 20.1 22.7 23.2 22.5 21.6 254.1
 2015 23.3 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 22.7      165.6
                
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 2016 Easter Sunday fell on March 27th, while in 2015 it fell on April 5th. The level of sheep slaughterings in March and April each year is greatly influenced by when Easter falls.

Dates for Easter Sunday

2016 - 27th March

2015 - 5th April

2014 - 20th April  

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