Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for December 2016:
Cattle slaughter increased by 13,000 or 2% for December 2016 when compared with November 2016 and there was a year-on-year decrease of 73,400 head or 11%.
The number of calves slaughtered in December 2016 decreased by 2% when compared to both month-on-month and year-on-year periods.
Sheep slaughter in December 2016 decreased by 1% compared with November 2016 and was down 173,700 head or 25% year-on-year.
Lamb slaughters increased by 69,300 head or 4% for December 2016. Compared with December 2015, slaughters increased by 105,000 head or 5%.
Pig slaughter held steady for the month of December, decreasing by 974 head when compared to November 2016 and continued to increase year-on-year with slaughters up 10,600 head or 3% on this period last year.
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