Cattle: Exports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th April 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Hodgson of Abinger Baroness Hodgson of Abinger Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many live calves under two months old were exported in each year from 2014 to 2018; and what percentage of the total amount of the calves exported went for slaughter in each of those years.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) issues Export Health Certificates (EHC) for animals and products of animal origin. APHA does not record the age of animals when they are exported. The following information is taken from consignments of Bovine animals exported to the EU in 2016, 2017 and 2018 where a consignment included unweaned animals.

In 2016 a total of 3786 bovine animals were recorded as being exported on a Journey Log containing unweaned animals

In 2017 a total of 6024 bovine animals were recorded as being exported on a Journey Log containing unweaned animals

In 2018 a total of 5425 bovine animals were recorded as being exported on a Journey Log containing unweaned animals

None of the animals were exported directly for slaughter.

This data includes exports from holdings in England, Scotland and Wales. Movements between Northern Ireland (NI) and The Republic of Ireland (RoI) is a devolved matter, data for this can be requested from DAERA.

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