Cattle slaughterings up

The number of cattle slaughtered in August 2007 was 3.8 percent higher than in August 2006. A comparison of August 2007 and 2006 figures shows that sheep slaughtered increased by five percent and pigs slaughtered decreased by 6.8 percent. The number of cattle slaughterings in January-August 2007 was 0.2 percent higher than the corresponding 2006 figure. Over the same period there was a decrease of 8.5 percent in sheep slaughterings and a decrease of 0.7 percent in pig slaughterings.  Between the periods January to May 2006 and 2007, Ireland, France, United  Kingdom and Greece recorded decreases in sheep slaughterings of 10.7 percent, 6.4 percent, four percent and 3.1 percent respectively.