England abattoir numbers

29 July 2021
This data shows the number and size of English red meat abattoirs operating each year.

Red meat abattoirs in England

201820192020
All abattoirs 179 165 159
Killing cattle 148 140 131
Killing sheep 149 135 128
Killing pigs 115 103 94



Cattle abattoirs by size in England, 2020

Size band (head)Number of abattoirsTotal throughput (head)Share of throughput (%)
1-1000 55 17,324 1.0%
1,001-5,000 32 84,868 4.8%
5,001-10,000 9 57,821 3.3%
10,001-20,000 10 144,395 8.2%
20,001-30,000 5 120,716 6.9%
30,001-50,000 6 231,463 13.2%
>50,000 14 1,095,464 62.5%
Total 131 1,752,051 100.0%



Sheep abattoirs by size in England, 2020

Size band (head)Number of abattoirsTotal throughput (head)Share of throughput (%)
1-1000 25 11,644 0.1%
1,001-5,000 28 66,890 0.7%
5,001-10,000 19 138,668 1.4%
10,001-20,000 11 167,418 1.7%
20,001-30,000 5 121,857 1.2%
30,001-50,000 5 191,971 2.0%
50,001-100,000 11 738,932 7.6%
>100,000 24 8,313,988 85.3%
Total 128 9,751,368 100.0%



Additional information

Data based on abattoirs operating during the calendar year.

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