304,813 cows have been killed so far this year and this figure is running 12 per cent ahead of last year’s figure. These results may indicate the increase in farmers moving away from suckler production.
The beef kill was up 3.3 per cent last week when compared to the previous week. Figures for the week commencing 20 October show that the weekly beef kill was 33,827.
Last week’s sheep kill was down just under four per cent on the previous week’s figures. The total weekly sheep kill was 58,473 this compares to 60,898 from the previous week. After the weekly sheep kill broke the 70,000 barrier some weeks ago. Numbers have certainly returned to more seasonal levels since then. Last week’s figures show a cumulative fall of 18 per cent since their peak at the start of the month.
The number of lambs killed last week was slightly down on the previous week at 49,126. The figure for ewe/ram slaughtering’s was also down at 9,126. Cumulative figures show this year’s total sheep kill at 2,114,190 which is running 9 per cent ahead of last year’s figures.
Statistics from the Department of Agriculture
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