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Beef and lamb productions in the UK grow as Christmas nears

Frozen Bone-In Beef
Lamb
Meat
United Kingdom
Market & Price Trends
Published Nov 30, 2023

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UK beef production increased by 14% in October compared to September, reaching 82,100 tonnes, as production ramped up to meet Christmas demand. However, production volumes were still lower than last year's levels. Prime cattle slaughter also increased by 17,100 head to 180,500 head, driving growth in production, but throughputs remained lower than the same period last year.
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UK beef production for October grew to 82,100 tonnes, up 14% from September as we began to see production ramp up to meet Christmas demand. Production volumes were still below last year’s levels however, down 2,800 tonnes. Prime cattle slaughter has grown by 17,100 head to 180,500 head for October, driving growth in production figures. Throughputs for October remained around 3,900 head below the same period last year. Prime carcase weights stayed relatively stable for October, with a slight reduction of 0.6kg on average. Generally, carcase weights have been lighter throughout the year despite stronger grass growth, with some reports of recent poor weather hampering grazing. Cull cow slaughter grew in October to 64,000 head, up 14,400 head (29%) from September. This was still 4.6% below a year ago. Cow prices have been hampered by reduced demand for processing beef through the summer period, a trend also reported in the EU. More recently, prices will have also felt the pressure ...
Source: Ahdb
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