Farming in brief: Sheep slaughter falls by over 20pc
Sheep slaughterings fell by more than 20pc in January, the latest CSO figures reveal.
The number of sheep slaughtered that month stood at just 165,300, compared with 210,700 in January last year -- an overall decrease of 21.5pc.
However, cattle slaughterings were up on the same period last year.
Some 125,900hd of cattle were slaughtered in January this year, compared with 114,100hd in the same month last year, giving a 10.3pc increase.
Meanwhile, the number of pigs slaughtered in January also fell by 5.9pc from 213,600 in 2009 to 201,000 this year.
New pig code of practice launched
A new code of practice for the welfare of pigs has been launched.
The Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Council (FAWAC) booklet aims to encourage pig farmers to maintain the highest standards of animal husbandry and practice.