The number of cattle slaughtered in July 2015 in Ireland was 4% higher than in July 2014, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

A further comparison of the figures shows that for January to July of 2015, throughput of cattle to Irish factories decreased by 3.8% compared to the same time in 2014.

In July 2015, CSO figures show that the throughput of cattle to factories was at 144,100 head up from the 138,500 head that went through factories for the same month last year.

Sheep slaughterings decreased year-on-year with a decrease of 2.1% in the number of sheep going to factories in July 2015.

Comparing January to July 2015 with last year, 0.6% less sheep were slaughtered in the first seven months of this year compared to last year, the figures show.

As of July 2015, some 296,200 sheep went to factories compared to the 302,600 head that were slaughtered in July 2014.

Pig slaughterings continue to increase in 2015. The pig kill in July 2015 was up 7.5% from July 2014, CSO figures show.

Some 285,400 head were slaughtered last month compared to 265,500 head slaughtered in July 2014. Looking at the wider picture, from January to July 2015, some 7.6% more pigs were slaughtered compared to the corresponding period last year, the figures show.

July’s pig kill was also the highest pig kill in over 30 months, the figures show.