Record low cattle kill in January

Thursday, 10 February 2022

According to the latest Defra UK production figures, 152,700 prime cattle were processed during the first month of 2022. This was 2% more than December, but 10% down on January 2021, and marks the lowest January prime cattle kill on record.

Prime cattle supplies remain on the tighter side compared to a year ago, while industry reports suggest that COVID-19 has caused staff shortages in some abattoirs. Cattle population figures suggest that supplies could remain tighter for a little while yet, before increasing in the second half of 2022.

During the same month, 54,300 cows were processed, 4% fewer than December and 2% fewer than the same month a year ago.

In total 71,500 tonnes of beef was produced in January. This was 3% more than December, but 8% lower than the same month a year ago.

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