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Fatstock Purchases

Volume 524: debated on Monday 1 March 1954

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asked the Minister of Food the number purchased, and the price paid by his Department during the last 12 months, for steers, heifers, special young cows, intermediate cows, cows, bulls and casualties in the grade fat cattle; for sheep, lambs, ewes, rams and casualties in the grade fat sheep and lambs; and for baconers, porkers, sows and boars and rejected by bacon curers in the grade fat pigs.

As the reply contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the information:

Complete figures for the calendar year are not yet available but the following table shows, for the year ended 30th September, 1953, the number and the cost of fatstock purchased by the Ministry of Food in the United Kingdom and analysed in the main classes. My Department's records of costs are kept by broad classes of Livestock and a more detailed financial estimate by grades than is given below is not therefore available.

Number '000Cost£'000

Fat Cattle

Steers, Heifers, Special Young Cows, Intermediate Cows, Bulls purchased on live grade1,615110 372
Fat Cows purchased on live Grade34912956
All class bought on dead weight (i.e. casualties, etc.)1294,626

Fat Sheep and Lambs

Bought on live grade7,75352,355
Bought on dead-weight (i.e. casualties, etc.)115457

Fat Pigs

Porkers, Sows and Boars1,64834,116
Pigs rejected by curers1,07322,226