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Livestock Slaughterings

April 2020

CattleSheepPigs
'000 heads
April 2019156.3244.9282.3
April 2020124.3219.6291.8
 % change
April 2020/2019-20.5%-10.4%3.3%
Jan-Apr 2020/2019-4.6%7.0%0.6%

Cattle slaughterings decreased by 20.5% in April 2020

Livestock Slaughterings Release April 2020 Figure 1
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The impact of COVID-19 is evident in the decline in cattle slaughterings, which fell by 20.5% between April 2019 and April 2020. See Table 1 and graph.

A further comparison between April 2020 and April 2019 slaughtering data also shows that:

  • Sheep slaughterings decreased by 10.4%
  • Pig slaughterings increased by 3.3%

An analysis of the data for January-April 2020 with the corresponding period of 2019 shows the following:

  • Cattle slaughterings decreased by 4.6%
  • Sheep slaughterings increased by 7.0%
  • Pig slaughterings increased by 0.6%