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 cattle were exported in each year from 2014 to 2018; and what percentage of the total amount of cattle 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 below table shows the number of cattle exported from Great Britain and the percentage of cattle exported for slaughter from Great Britain from 2014 to 2018.

Year

Total number of cattle exported

Percentage of cattle exported that went for slaughter

2014

7,539

45.60%

2015

5,212

39.70%

2016

11,070

23.30%

2017

17,960

36.40%

2018

15,183

33.80%

Grand Total

56,964

Of the 56,964 animals exported from 2014 to 2018, 19,781 were exported directly for slaughter. Of this number, 18,629 were destined for Northern Ireland.

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 DEARA.

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