March cattle slaughterings increase, while sheep kill dips
The number of cattle slaughtered in March 2019 showed a slight increase compared to the same month the previous year – but sheep slaughterings decreased by over a fifth in the same time frame.
Figures released today, Thursday, April 25, by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that cattle slaughterings increased by 2.9% from March 2018 to March 2019, while the data for sheep shows a 22.1% drop over the 12 months.
Meanwhile, pig slaughterings also decreased, though by a less drastic 2.5%.
When the first three months of this year are compared to the first three months of 2018, the numbers show that: cattle slaughterings were up 4.6%; sheep were down 13.9%; and pigs showed a decrease of 2.1%.
Looking at the raw numbers, the March 2019 figure for cattle was 157,200 head, compared to 152,800 12 months prior.
For sheep, the March 2018 figure was 233,700 head; this fell to 182,200 last month.
In March 2018, pig slaughterings stood at 281,100 head; in March 2019, this number was 274,000.
The number for sheep was up slightly from February 2019, when the figure was 174,400 – a revised value, according to the CSO – while the January figure was 260,400.
The cattle figures show that there was a slight decrease from February, when the figure was 157,600 head, which itself was a larger decrease from January’s 170,500.
In pigs, a similar trend of a small decrease following on from a larger fall could be seen; the numbers went from 328,700 in January, to 279,400 in February, to 274,000 in March.