UK reports higher production in pig meat
The latest Defra statistics show that the UK produced 86,200 tonnes of pig meat in July. This is 9% (7,300 tonnes) more than was produced in July last year, and is the highest July pig meat production figure in the last 20 years, announced AHDB.
"The rise in production is due to mostly to a rise in clean pig slaughter, while dressed carcase weights were also slightly heavier on the year. A total of 963,700 clean pigs were processed by UK abattoirs in July, up 6% (57,000 head) on the year. Slaughter of sows and boars totalled 23,200 head, up 21% (4,100 head) on the year.
Improving foodservice demand may have offered some support to finished pig numbers in July, while the recent reopening of a key German sow processing plant and a welcome stabilisation in continental sow prices may have supported sow throughput," commented Hannah Clarke, Livestock Analyst at AHDB. Clean pig carcase weights continued the trend seen throughout the year so far, being on average 2% (2kg) heavier in July at 86kg.
The July figures put UK pig meat production for January-July (inclusive) at 561,200 tonnes, up 4% (19,000 tonnes) from the same period in 2019. Clean pig slaughter for the same period stands at 6.3 million head, up 2% (122,100 head) on the year. Adult pig slaughter for the year-to-date stands at 141,200 head, down 1% (900 head) on the year.
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