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Livestock: Exports

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) cattle, (b) sheep, (c) goats and (d) poultry were exported in each of the last three years. (284943)

Table 1 gives information on exports in cattle from Great Britain and is taken from the GB cattle tracing system. The system is updated on a daily basis and hence these figures can be subject to amendments.

Table 2 gives the number of live sheep, goats and poultry recorded as exported from the UK in 2006, 2007 and 2008 as in HMRC official overseas trade statistics.

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, particularly for trade with mainland Europe. As a result care should be taken not to read too much into the year to year changes shown.

Table 1: GB exports of live bovine, 2006-08

Number

Type

2006

2007

2008

Live cattle and calves

89,567

85,487

51,809

Note: 2008 data is subject to amendments. Source: GB Cattle Tracing System

Table 2: UK exports of live sheep, goats and poultry, 2006-08

Number

Type

2006

2007

2008

Live sheep and lambs

12,915

1,078

44,992

Live goats

528

1

435

Live poultry

29,381,150

31,680,332

28,567,760

1 There were no recorded exports of live goats in 2007. Exports may still have occurred by traders operating below the VAT threshold and therefore will not have been declared in the HMRC official statistics. Note: 2008 data is subject to amendments. Source: H M Revenue and Customs. Data prepared by Trade statistics, ESP, DEFRA.