Livestock: Transport:Written question - 230872

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
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Asked on: 11 March 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Livestock: Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals have been transported to mainland Europe for slaughter in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: David Rutley
Answered on: 14 March 2019

The Trade Control and Expert System (TRACEs) publishes data on the number of exports for slaughter. TRACEs has only published data from 2014-2016; data for 2017 and 2018 has not yet been published.

The data can be viewed here: https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/live_animals_en

The total volume of trade in live exports for slaughter to the EU from the UK from 2014 to 2016 was:

2014

2015

2016

Cattle

3,982

7,673

10,464

Sheep

361,769

321,343

385,099

Pigs

10,396

12,772

8,916

Total

378,161

343,803

406,495

The majority of animals are exported from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland.

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