Good news from Madrid. In 2016, the slaughtering of cattle grew by 1.8% on an annual basis, for a total of 2.3 million slaughtered animals. The results are different depending on the category. While cows and heifers were better (in line with the continental trend) with double-digit growth, toro (-1%) and beef (down 20%) are in the negative area. There were also positive results coming from sheep and goat species (ovicaprid). The sheep contributions grew by 1.2%, while those of goats of 7%. It also ended the black decade of the Spanish slaughterhouse. 2016 was the second year in a row after rising between 2005 and 2015 the values have fallen by 20% for cattle, 50% for sheep and 30% for goats.