Agriculture: Live Exports

House of Lords written question – answered on 17th July 2007.

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Photo of Lord Bradley Lord Bradley Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many (a) cattle or calves; (b) sheep; and (c) other livestock species were exported live from the United Kingdom for further fattening or slaughter in 2006.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)

All livestock exported from the United Kingdom (UK) are required to be accompanied by a veterinary export certificate. No such certificates were issued for the export of livestock from the UK to countries outside the European Union (EU) in 2006.

Information on exports from Northern Ireland is not routinely collected centrally, but I have asked my officials to gather it and I will write to the noble Lord when I have it. I will also arrange for a copy of the letter to be placed in the Library of the House.

The table below shows the number of cattle, sheep and other livestock species exported live, from the UK to the EU, for further fattening or slaughter in 2006:

Type of livestock species Number exported for further fattening Number exported for slaughter
Cattle 122,028 6,000
Sheep 70,335 219,194
Other livestock 20 113,011

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