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The Newest Animal Ag Stats Are Out For 2021 – Ayrton Cooper, Campaigns Supervisor

This July, the UK authorities launched the most recent ‘Agriculture in the UK’ report for 2021, so let’s have a look…

This annual report outlines agricultural, each plant-based and animal, manufacturing, prices, commerce, and extra. For animal farming, this contains the variety of animals saved on farms, animal product manufacturing reminiscent of milk and eggs, and the variety of animals slaughtered.

The quantity of cow’s milk produced in 2021 decreased by simply 0.05% and the dairy herd inhabitants – the variety of dairy cows within the UK – remained steady at 1,850,000.

Regardless of plant-based meals reminiscent of dairy-free milks growing in reputation, the manufacturing of dairy stays the identical.

The meat herd decreased by 1.6%, dropping to 1,485,000 people, a discount of 24,000 animals.

In the identical time period, the slaughter of beef cows and steers decreased from 2,854,000 to 2,700,000, a 154,000-animal discount, equating to a 5.4% drop. For certainly one of Britain’s ‘most cherished meats’, that could be a massive discount.

A saddening improve was seen in pig farming. It has been extensively reported that the business is dealing with big pressures by means of employee shortages, slaughterhouse backlogs, skyrocketing feed and power costs, but the figures don’t mirror that.

Pig slaughter elevated to 10,918,000 – nearly 11 million animals – which represents a 2.1% development.

Sheep farming confirmed a stark distinction to the pig business. The slaughter of sheep and lambs decreased from 14,985,000 to 13,409,000 – an enormous 10.5% drop!

As many British lambs and sheep are exported abroad, pressures on dwell exports lately would be the end result for this drop, with commerce offers additionally being affected because of Brexit.

An enormous sector of animal agriculture that has been rising year-on-year is the broiler business. Broilers – or ‘meat’ chickens – are probably the most abundantly farmed and killed birds within the UK (and globally). Over one billion are slaughtered every year within the UK and this quantity is growing.

2021 noticed an increase of 0.08%, which sounds negligible, however as a result of rooster business being so colossal, this represents one other a million birds. The determine stands at 1,183,000,000 chickens. An unfathomable quantity.

One other improve was seen in laying hens and egg manufacturing, which might mirror an increase in vegetarian-protein sources being consumed, with eggs typically being seen as a ‘wholesome’ choice.

The laying hen inhabitants elevated by simply 0.02% as much as 40,568,000 birds, but egg manufacturing elevated by 4.1%.

Nice information! The duck business has continued to shrink.

Duck and goose slaughter has decreased from 11 million all the way down to 10 million, a 9% discount. That is following an enormous drop of 25% from 2020 to 2021. In simply two years, duck slaughter has plummeted from 14 to 10 million.

That is an business that Animal Justice Venture has focused over the previous three years and alongside Avian flu and Brexit, we hope that our investigative work that you’ve selflessly funded has made an impression.

The most important decline has been seen within the turkey business with an enormous 25% lower! Dropping to 12 million animals.

With rising power and feed costs, the associated fee for farmers shopping for in turkey poults – younger turkeys – has soared. We hope that this decline is consultant of developments to return in animal agriculture in addition to exhibiting how fragile these methods are and that one key sector reminiscent of power costs could make an enormous – and hopefully, lasting – impression.

In some sectors of animal agriculture, extra animals than ever are being produced, however in others, they’re slowly declining. Regardless of an enormous rise in veganism and plant-based diets, it’s clear that this isn’t sufficient to counteract these merciless and damaging industries. So what now? We should maintain investigating, campaigning and exhibiting shoppers the place their ‘meals’ actually comes from, and {that a} kinder, extra compassionate way of life is feasible.

Animal Justice Venture has such devoted and beneficiant supporters and we need to empower you to proceed with us on this battle for animal liberation. Collectively we are able to make an enormous distinction for animals.

As at all times,

For the animals.

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