Latest sheep and beef slaughtering figures

The beef kill was down slightly again last week on the previous week.

Statistics released from the Department of Agriculture this afternoon show that 32,228 beef animals were killed last week, which is 509 down on the previous week.

Although the beef kill was down last week on the previous week the kill is up on the same week last year. Some 11,390 steers were killed last week. This is running 17 per cent ahead of the same week last year and 12 per cent ahead of last year’s cumulative figures.

The young bull kill was well down last week on the precious week over 3,000 less bulls were killed. It also remains down on last year now running eight per cent behind last year’s figures. Some 470 young bulls were killed last week. This equates to a massive 15 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 8,838 heifers and 7,173 cows were killed last week. Cumulatively the heifer and cow kill is up six and 11 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 56,112 this compares to 56,820 from the previous week. Cumulatively the sheep kill is up eight per cent on 2012’s figures at this stage. To date 2,539,729 sheep have been killed since the start of the year.

The number of lambs killed last week was up slightly on the previous week at 47,805. 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 7,236, which is 6 per cent down on the same week last year.

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