1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Agriculture/Exports of Animals from the United Kingdom

Exports of Animals from the United Kingdom.

The general export trade of the United Kingdom in living animals represented an aggregate average annual value over the five years 1896–1900 of £1,017,000 as against £935,801 over the five years 1901–1905. To these sums the value of horses alone contributed about three-fourths, Belgium taking more than half the number of exported horses.

Table XXVI.—Quantities and Value of Home-bred Live Stock
exported from the United Kingdom, 1900–1905.

Year. Horses. Cattle. Sheep. Pigs. Other
 Animals. 
1900 30,038 2,742 4,934 435 75,642
1901 27,612 1,648 2,761 378 68,012
1902 30,032 2,428 3,596 515 60,941
1903 34,798 2,736 5,579 776 52,095
1904 32,955 3,311 8,142 732 50,873
1905 47,708 3,938 8,378 931 50,307
£ £ £ £ £
1900 681,927 118,337 53,306 3032 45,241
1901 605,699 61,812 25,727 3437 45,476
1902 635,661 96,153 29,069 5053 56,691
1903 734,598 140,244 67,758 7053 48,335
1904 581,339 146,210 88,421 7850 43,868
1905 875,647 190,406 133,413 8024 41,061

The export trade in cattle, sheep and pigs is practically restricted to pedigree animals required for breeding purposes, and though its aggregate value is not large it is of considerable importance to stock-breeders, as it is a frequent occurrence for buyers for export—to Argentina, Australasia, Canada, the United States and elsewhere—to bid freely at the sale rings, and often to pay the highest prices, thus stimulating the sales and encouraging the breeding of the best types of native stock. Details for the six years 1900–1905 are summarized in Table XXVI.

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