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Live Animal Exports

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many live (a) calves, (b) adult cattle, (c) sheep and (d) pigs were exported for (i) slaughter, (ii) fattening and (iii) breeding in 2006, broken down by country of destination. (110962)

The following table gives the number of live animals recorded as exported from the UK in 2006 from January to November. December figures are not currently available.

Please note these figures are obtained using VAT records and will exclude some EU trade for businesses which are below the VAT threshold. As a result, actual trade levels may be higher than those given.

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EU/Non-EU

Country

Number of head

Live swine other than pure bred breeding animals

Live dom swine o/t pure bred breeding animals wgt 50 kg or more

EU

Irish Republic

58,117

Live swine o/t dom spp whg 50 kg or more

EU

Irish Republic

3,667

Live swine pure bred breeding animals

Live swine pure bred breeding animals

Non-EU

Russia

27,174

Ukraine

2,017

China

283

Taiwan

173

Vietnam

231

Japan

59

Thailand

111

South Korea

43

EU

Belgium

3,040

Netherlands

1,683

Greece

1,137

Germany

894

Spain

661

Italy

454

Hungary

425

Denmark

306

Slovenia

132

Other than pure bred breeding animals bovine

Bovines of a wgt exc 80 kg but n/e 160 kg, not for slaughter

EU

Netherlands

14,165

Of a weight not exceeding 80 kg

EU

Belgium

340

Netherlands

167

Live bovine animals o/t dom spp

Non-EU

Romania

39

EU

Irish Republic

78

Sheep live

Lambs (up to a year old)

EU

France

6,992

Sheep pure bred breeding animals

Non-EU

Romania

110

Sheep o/t pure-bred breeding animals and lambs up to a year old

EU

Irish Republic

7

Pure bred breeding animals bovine

Heifers (female bovines that have never calved)

Non-EU

Switzerland

21

Pure-bred breeding bovines o/t heifers and cows

Non-EU

Switzerland

3

Notes;

1. 2006 data are subject to amendments

2. EU data based on EU 25

Source:

HM Revenue and Customs

Data prepared by Trade statistics, Agricultural Statistics and Analysis Division, DEFRA