Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (489)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

489. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of cows of UK origin slaughtered in factories here per month in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and in January 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8344/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The following statistics have been extracted from the Department's Animal Identification Movement (AIM) database.

On the Department's Animal Identification Movement (AIM) database the origin of an animal is based on the location of the particular herd it is born into. Therefore Irish tagged animals which are re-imported are excluded from these statistics.

The following categories have been included: females; of which, females over two years of age on the import date; and of which, females over two years old that had calved.

Based on the above categories the total number of females greater than 2 years of age bearing UK tags imported for slaughter into the country in 2017 was 6,488, of which 5,551 had calved. The corresponding figure for 2018 was 5,429 and 5,087, respectively.

2017

2018

Female UK > 2 yrs old

Female UK > 2 yrs that had calved *

Female UK > 2 yrs old

Female UK > 2 yrs that had calved *

January

433

398

January

600

509

February

319

276

February

317

300

March

398

373

March

254

238

April

678

422

April

359

343

May

657

436

May

471

449

June

372

279

June

418

380

July

203

188

July

428

384

August

403

384

August

631

606

September

924

821

September

306

299

October

817

799

October

621

607

November

717

696

November

738

694

December

567

479

December

286

278

Total

6,488

5,551

Total

5,429

5,087