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Cattle

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the numbers of cows (a) exported from Northern Ireland (b) slaughtered in Northern Ireland and sold for human consumption and (c) slaughtered and incinerated in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years and in the current year to date. [14051]

The information requested is as follows:

A. Export1 of cows from Northern Ireland
Number
1992456
199368
1994112
1995222
199625,261
1997 (to date)25,295
1Includes exports to GB
2Animals exported to GB for cull under the Over Thirty Months Scheme.
B. Cows slaughtered in Northern Ireland and sold for human consumption
Number
199264,116
199360,686
199466,206
199569,523
199616,774
1997 (to date)1193
1From 29 March no animals over 30 months of age were slaughtered and used for human consumption on /SEAC advice. The 1997 figure represents animals which calved and were later slaughtered before reaching 30 months of age.
C. Cows slaughtered and incinerated1 in Northern Ireland
Number
1992392
C. Cows slaughtered and incinerated1 in Northern Ireland
Number
1993587
1994456
1995222
1996127
1997 (to date)42
1Totals include heifers.
For sake of completeness, the number of cows slaughtered and their carcasses rendered (but not yet incinerated) under the Over-Thirty-Months' Scheme:

Number
199686,381
1997 (to date)66,827