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Increase in heifer slaughterings drives UK beef production

Increased heifer slaughterings have driven UK beef production through November, alongside overall prime cattle carcase weights increasing, according to AHDB.

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Increase in heifer slaughterings drives UK beef production

Prime cattle slaughterings were up 1.5 per cent in November year-onyear, to 182,000-head, with heifer slaughterings the main driver.

 

Slaughterings of young bulls, steers and cows all decreased year-on-year. Steer slaughterings for the month were down 1.5 per cent to total 94,400-head.

 

In the year to November, heifer slaughterings stood at 707,300-head, up 4.8 per cent on the same period last year.

 

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Tom Forshaw, AHDB red meat analyst, said: “Prime cattle carcase weights averaged just over 348kg in November, picking up slightly since October and also 6.6kg heavier than November 2017.


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“This is potentially abattoir queues building up in October, as producers looked to get cattle away before housing, which pushed some heavier cattle into November.”

 

Cow slaughterings eased off a little in November, having been higher for much of the year at 68,600-head, 2.7 per cent down on the previous year and similar to the previous month.

 

Cow slaughterings in the year to date now total 622,200-head, 34,000-head higher than in 2017.

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