September 22, 2022
UK beef production up in August
Data from the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) showed that the UK produced 73,000 tonnes of beef and veal in August 2022, 1% more than the month before and 0.1% higher year-on-year, the UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board reported.
162,000 prime cattle in total were processed during the month, an increase of 0.4% from July and 1.5% from August of last year. 53,500 cows were slaughtered in total, up 7% from July but down 1% from August 2021.
The average weight of prime cattle carcasses in August was 342.4 kg, which is 1.8 kg (-0.5%) less than July and 3.3 kg (-1%) less than August 2021. Cows weighed an average of 302.1kg, which is 1.9kg (0.6%) less than a year ago and 5.8kg (2%) less than July.
UK beef production for the first eight months of the year (inclusive of January to August) totaled 590,500 tonnes, which is 2,400 tonnes (0.4%) less than during the same time last year. At 1.31 million head, prime cattle slaughter lagged 0.8% (10,400 head) behind the same period in 2021, while cow kill increased 2% annually to 409,200 head (+8,000 head).
- UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board