Slaughter numbers shoot up 18pc
The number of cattle slaughtered in June was 17.9pc higher than in June last year, according to the latest figures from the CSO.
Some 140,300 cattle were slaughtered last month, an increase of 21,300 over the June 2009 figure of 119,000hd.
For the first half of this year, cattle slaughterings were 14.7pc higher than the corresponding 2009 figure.
Meanwhile, sheep slaughterings for June fell by 16.3pc or 39,400, compared to June last year.
Comparing the kill numbers for the first six months of the year, sheep slaughterings are down 15.9pc on the same period 12 months ago.
June pig slaughter figures were up 10.8pc on June last year and up by 7.6pc when comparing the first half of this year with the same period 12 months ago.
Cattle slaughterings in Britain and Northern Ireland increased by 6pc during January-April this year, compared to the same period last year.