EU pig slaughterings up in September
Data for September EU pig slaughterings show an increase of 6% on the year.
Data for September EU pig slaughterings, published by Eurostat, show an increase of 6% on the year. This is partly because of one additional working day in the month this year, taking total slaughtering to 21.3 million head, the highest since January. This increase in supply contributed to the continued fall in pig prices which has been apparent since the summer and which accelerated in September. Consequently pig meat production significantly increased on the year, by 10%, with the increased throughput added to by heavier carcases. However, year to date EU-28 production at the end of the third quarter remains marginally behind the same period in 2013. However, if the increase in pig meat production seen in September is sustained through to the end of the year, overall annual production could match or even exceed last year.
The increased availability for slaughtering was driven by increases across all the large producers, particularly 17% increases in the Polish and Irish kills, with good weather and falling feed prices allowing pigs to grow well. Smaller slaughtering increases by other large producers, such as 5% in Denmark, France and Germany, 7% in the Netherlands and Spain and 3% in the UK, also contributed to the overall upward trend. The jump in Polish production was largely due to increased weaner imports, along with some recovery in the domestic herd.