England abattoir numbers

15 August 2022
This data shows the number and size of English red meat abattoirs operating each year.

Red meat abattoirs in England

Type of abattoir201920202021
All abattoirs 165 159 150
Killing cattle 140 131 124
Killing sheep 135 128 121
Killing pigs 103 94 87



Cattle abattoirs by size in England, 2021

Size band (head)Number of abattoirsTotal throughput (head)Share of throughput (%)
1-1000 49 14,616 0.9%
1,001-5,000 34 87,767 5.4%
5,001-10,000 10 64,596 4.0%
10,001-20,000 7 106,204 6.5%
20,001-30,000 5 121,848 7.5%
30,001-50,000 5 177,091 10.9%
>50,000 14 1,056,094 64.9%
Total 124 1,628,216 100.0%



Sheep abattoirs by size in England, 2021

Size band (head)Number of abattoirsTotal throughput (head)Share of throughput (%)
1-1000 21 11,230 0.1%
1,001-5,000 27 62,990 0.7%
5,001-10,000 16 111,691 1.2%
10,001-20,000 14 204,680 2.2%
20,001-30,000 5 125,616 1.4%
30,001-50,000 3 98,405 1.1%
50,001-100,000 11 725,957 7.8%
>100,000 24 7,929,569 85.5%
Total 121 9,270,138 100.0%



Additional information

Data based on abattoirs operating during the calendar year.

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