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.
|Steers, Heifers, Special Young Cows, Intermediate Cows, Bulls purchased on live grade||1,615||110 372|
|Fat Cows purchased on live Grade||349||12956|
|All class bought on dead weight (i.e. casualties, etc.)||129||4,626|
Fat Sheep and Lambs
|Bought on live grade||7,753||52,355|
|Bought on dead-weight (i.e. casualties, etc.)||115||457|
|Porkers, Sows and Boars||1,648||34,116|
|Pigs rejected by curers||1,073||22,226|