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UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - February 2007

by 5m Editor
5 March 2007, at 12:00am

By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.

Section 1: UK Hatcheries Data - Placings and Eggs Set

  • UK placings of commercial broiler chicks in January 2007 were 2% lower than in the same period in 2006 (Table 1.1) . Eggs set were slightly lower than in the same period in 2006 (Table 1.5) .

  • UK placings of female broiler parent chicks in January 2007 were 33% higher than in the same period in 2006 (Table 1.2) .

  • UK placings of turkey poults in January 2007 were 33% lower than in the same period in 2006 (Table 1.3) . Eggs Set for commercial turkeys were 15% lower than in the same period in 2006 (Table 1.6) .

  • UK placings of commercial layer chicks in January 2007 were slightly higher than in the same period in 2006 (Table 1.4) . Eggs set for commercial birds were 11% higher than in the same period in 2006 (Table 1.7) .

Chart 1.1 Monthly UK Commercial Broiler Chick Placings

Chart 1.3: Monthly UK Turkey Poult Placings

Section 2: UK Trade in Live Poultry

  • Imports of commercial broiler chicks in December 2006 were 26% lower than in the same period in 2005 (Table 2.1) .

  • Exports of commercial broiler chicks in December 2006 were 24% higher than in the same period in 2005 (Table 2.1) .

  • Imports of turkey poults in December 2006 were 82% lower than in the same period in 2005 (Table 2.2) .

  • Exports of turkey poults in December 2006 were 49% lower than in the same period in 2005 (Table 2.2) .

  • Exports of live fowls in December 2006 were 61% lower than in the same period in 2005 (Table 2.3) .

  • Exports of live turkeys in December 2006 were 37% lower than in the same period in 2005 (Table 2.3) .

Chart 2.1: Imports and Exports of Commercial Broiler Chicks

Chart 2.2: Imports and Exports of Turkey Poults

Section 3: UK Slaughterhouse Data - Numbers Slaughtered and Average Weights

  • UK slaughterings of broilers in January 2007 were 1% lower than for the same period in 2006 (Table 3.1). At 2.22 kg the average liveweights in England & Wales were slightly higher than in December 2006 (Table 3.4).

  • UK slaughterings of boiling fowls in January 2007 were 10% lower than for the same period in 2006 (Table 3.2). At 2.10 kg the average liveweights in England & Wales were 11% lower than in December 2006 (Table 3.4).


  • UK slaughterings of turkeys in January 2007 were 15% lower than for the same period in 2006 (Table 3.3). At 16.79 kg the average liveweights of 'heavy' turkeys in England & Wales were 16% higher than in December 2006 (Table 3.4). At 5.83 kg the average liveweights of 'light' turkeys in England & Wales were 6% higher than in December 2006 (Table 3.4).

Chart 3.1: Monthly Broiler Slaughterings in UK

Section 4: UK Poultrymeat Production, Trade and Domestic Usage (Net of Offal)

  • Total UK poultry production in January 2007 was 1% lower than in the same period in 2006 (Table 4.1).

  • Total UK broiler production in January 2007 was slightly higher than in the same period in 2006 (Table 4.1).

  • Total UK boiling fowl production in January 2007 was 13% lower than in the same period in 2006 (Table 4.1).

  • Total UK turkey production in January 2007 was 6% lower than in the same period in 2006 (Table 4.1).

  • Total UK other production in January 2007 was 4% lower than in the same period in 2006 (Table 4.1).

  • Total UK imports of whole birds in December 2006 was 19% higher than in the same period in 2005 (Table 4.2).

  • Total UK imports of cuts in December 2006 was 21% lower than in the same period in 2005 (Table 4.2).

  • Total UK imports of poultrymeat in December 2006 was 13% lower than in the same period in 2005 (Table 4.2).

  • Total UK exports of whole birds in December 2006 was 24% higher than in the same period in 2005 (Table 4.3).

  • Total UK exports of cuts in December 2006 was 3% higher than in the same period in 2005 (Table 4.3).

  • Total UK exports of poultrymeat in December 2006 was 5% higher than in the same period in 2005 (Table 4.3).

  • Total UK domestic usage of poultrymeat in December 2006 was 7% lower than in the same period in 2005 (Table 4.4).


Chart 4.2: Imports of Whole Birds and Cuts

Chart 4.3: Exports of Whole Birds and Cuts

Chart 4.4: Total Poultrymeat Imports and Exports

Section 5: Other Poultry Statistics

  • UK Broiler Production of compound feed for poultry in December 2006 was 4% lower than in the same period in 2005 (Table 5.1).

  • UK Layer Production of compound feed for poultry in December 2006 was the same as the period in 2005 (Table 5.1).

  • UK Production of compound feed for poultry in December 2006 was 3% lower than in the same period in 2005 (Table 5.1).

  • The Chicken Fresh Price Index for January 2007 was 4% lower than in the same period in 2006 (Table 5.2).

  • The Poultry Price Index for January 2007 was 2% lower than in the same period in 2006 (Table 5.2).

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February 2007