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S5W-14467: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 7 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00925 by Fergus Ewing on 6 February 2018 (Official Report, c. 7), how many (a) sheep and lambs and (b) cattle and calves were exported for slaughter or fattening in (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017 to (A) the rest of the UK and (B) other countries, and how much these exports were worth.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 13 March 2018

The Scottish Government has identified the following data for movements of cattle and sheep. The data are from the Trade Control and Export System compiled by the Animal and Plant Health Agency. Information on movements within the UK are only available for movements to Northern Ireland.

Exports

Sheep and Lambs

2016

Sheep and Lambs

2017

Cattle and Calves

2016

Cattle and Calves

2017

To Northern Ireland for production

not available

0

not available

170

To Northern Ireland for Slaughter

not available

2,282

not available

5,397

To countries outside of UK for production

not available

997

not available

5,535

To countries outside of UK for Slaughter

not available

2,456 (to Republic of Ireland only)

not available

671(to Republic of Ireland only)

The Trade Control and Export System contains information that 2,708 weaned sheep, 47 weaned cattle and 3,250 un-weaned cattle were exported to countries outside of the UK in 2016. Information on whether this was for breeding, fattening or slaughter is not available.

Data on the value of these exports is not available.