Latest beef and sheep slaughtering figures

The beef killwas down slightly last week on the previous week.

Statistics released from the Department of Agriculture this afternoon show that 31,719 beef animals were killed last week, which is 691 down on the previous week.

Within the beef figures the steer kill remains up on last year’s figures. Some 12,068 steers were killed last week. This is running 20 per cent ahead of the same week last year and 12 per cent ahead of last year’s cumulative figures.

The young bull kill remains down on last year now running five per cent behind last year’s figures. Some 3528 young bulls were killed last week. This equates to a massive 46 per cent drop compared to the same week last year.

The heifer and cow kill was relatively unchanged last week on the previous week. In total 8,296 heifers and 7,244 cows were killed last week. Cumulatively the heifer and cow kill is up six and 12 per cent respectively on the same week last year.

Last week’s sheep kill was down four per cent on the same week last year. The total weekly sheep kill was 56,820 this compares to 57,672 from the previous week. Cumulatively the sheep kill is up eight per cent on 2012’s figures at this stage. To date 2,483,617 sheep have been killed since the start of the year.

The number of lambs killed last week was down on the previous week at 47,295. The total lamb kill is up seven per cent so far this year on 2012 figures. The figure for ewe/ram slaughtering’s was up at 8,625, which is 12 per cent up on the same week last year.

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