Ducks for the Table

General

In 2006 some 18 million ducklings were reared for meat in Great Britain.  Of this total it is estimated that 5% (900,000) were produced in free-range conditions.

Meat industry figures quote that British retail sales of duck reached £32m in 2007, with £10m worth of duck meat exported and £24m imported.  There are several breeds of duck bred for meat for example the Pekin, Aylesbury, Gressingham and Roeun.  The Pekin/Aylesbury cross is most frequently used in commercial flocks. These are heavy type ducks with white feathering, which achieve a weight of at least 3.5 kg liveweight at 49 days of age, with a feed conversion of approximately 1:2.6 or better.

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