EU pig production is up

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

EU pig production rises
European Union (EU) pig production in the second quarter of 2018 has increased by 190,000 tonnes (+3%) compared to the same period last year, statistics from AHDB Pork have revealed.

It said this hit a total 5.8m tonnes (t), which was the result of increased pig slaughterings, up 3% (+1.8 million head) during the period to total 63.4m head, and a slight increase (+400g) in carcase weights to 92.2kg.

Production has been up for much of the year throughout Europe, and AHDB Pork predicted this trend would continue.

In the first half of the year, EU pig meat production was up 4% (+430,000t) to total 12m t.

During the period, slaughterings totalled 130m per head, a 3% (+3.5m) increase on the year.

AHDB Pork said that increased production throughout Europe in the latest quarter was driven by Spanish pig production, totalling 1.1m t, up 10% (+110,000t) compared to 2017.

Growth in Polish production also remained positive, up 5% (+26,000t) to total 500t. Germany accounted for 22% of total EU production during the second quarter, however production was down slightly, by -2% (-30,000t) to total 1.3m t.

It said that this continued a long-term trend of declining production within Germany, with the industry uncertain about the prospects of the sector going forward.

In recent weeks, the EU reference pig price has been rising steadily, up almost €0.09 in the last four weeks, AHDB Pork revealed.

As of the week ending 2 September the price stood at €152.27/100kg. 

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