Livestock: Exports

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much livestock was exported to be reared outside of the UK in each of the last five years.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Prior to 2009, individual animal health offices had responsibility for tracking exports. Therefore, data prior to 2009 is not held centrally. The data for 2010 is limited as the introduction of a centralised team within Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories was gradual.

Data about whether the animal is being exported for rearing before slaughter are not collected, so the figures for slaughter have been included for completeness.

The figures are as follows.

  Animals Total number of consignments Number of animals for production/fattening Total number of consignments Number of animals for slaughter Total number of consignments Number of animals for breeding
2010 Pigs 171
  Sheep and Goats 193
  Cattle 218
               
2011 Pigs 0 0 6 422 96 4,667
  Sheep and Goats 138 57,449 40 14,606 149 1,866
  Cattle 6 1,021 91 12,535 286 1,691
               
2012 (to date) Pigs 0 0 0 0 20 805
  Sheep and Goats 16 3,824 10 3,098 26 118
  Cattle 19 3,026 1 148 160 944

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