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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Livestock Slaughterings

December 2019

CattleSheepPigs
'000 heads
December 2018134.4234.1230.3
December 2019145.0268.5270.1
 % change
December 2019/20187.9%14.7%17.3%
Jan-Dec 2019/2018-2.2%-5.4%0.3%

Cattle slaughterings are up by 7.9%

Livestock Slaughterings Release - December 2019 Figure 1
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The number of cattle slaughtered in December 2019 increased by 7.9% when compared to December 2018.  See Table 1 and graph.

A further comparison of December 2019 and December 2018 slaughtering figures also show that:

  • Sheep slaughterings increased by 14.7%
  • Pig slaughterings increased by 17.3%

A comparison of figures for January-December 2019 with the corresponding period of 2018 shows that:

  • Cattle slaughterings decreased by 2.2%
  • Sheep slaughterings decreased by 5.4%
  • Pig slaughterings increased by 0.3%