Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (236)

Dara Calleary

Question:

236. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of cattle slaughtered in the period from January to May 2012 compared to that in the period of January to May in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26349/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The numbers of cattle slaughtered in plants supervised by my Department in the months concerned are set out in the following table:

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2012

2013

January

117,872

128,869

February

112,178

121,058

March

106,689

110,231

April

104,539

120,347

May

111,820

125,000 (est)

Total

553,098

605,505 (est)

The numbers slaughtered are primarily a function of commercial considerations and I understand that cattle prices in 2013 are higher than in 2012. I am advised that other factors which may be contributing to the increased numbers being slaughtered include the fact that cattle disposals through live exports have been on a downward trend since 2010; that cattle slaughterings in 2012 were considerably lower than previous years; and fodder shortage issues in the period concerned.