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Livestock Slaughterings

March 2021

CattleSheepPigs
'000 heads
March 2020173.7240.3300.5
March 2021163.1228.0321.9
 % change
March 2021/2020-6.1%-5.1%7.1%
Jan-Mar 2021/2020-13.6%-9.7%3.1%

The number of cattle slaughtered during the period January to March 2021 decreased by 13.6%

Livestock Slaughterings Release March 2021 Figure 1
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Cattle slaughterings fell by 13.6% during the period January to March 2021 when compared to the corresponding period in 2020. See Table 1 and graph.

A further comparison between January to March 2021 and the same period in 2020 shows that:

  • Sheep slaughterings contracted by 9.7%
  • The number of pigs slaughtered increased by 3.1%

An analysis of the data for March 2021 compared to March 2020 shows the following:

  • Cattle slaughterings decreased by 6.1%
  • The number of sheep slaughtered fell by 5.1%
  • Pig slaughterings increased by 7.1%