UK pig slaughterings jump in November
Latest November UK clean pig slaughtering figures indicate that there were plentiful supplies on the UK market.
Latest November UK clean pig slaughtering figures indicate that there were plentiful supplies on the UK market. The number of clean pigs slaughtered in the latest month was 5% higher than the same month in 2013, at 867,300 head. This was the biggest annual increase for any month since May 2012 and the average weekly kill during the month was the highest since December 2000, helped particularly by improved sow productivity and better growth rates this year. There was a 5% year-on-year increase in throughputs in England and a 4% rise in Northern Ireland slaughterings, while the numbers killed in Scotland remained unchanged from last year.
The number of adult boars and sows culled in November totalled 18,500 head, down 5% compared with the same period in 2013. This is probably the result of low cull sow prices, meaning producers are retaining sows which might ordinarily have been slaughtered. Certainly there is no sign that low pig prices are yet leading to producers reducing their sow herds. With clean pig carcase weights up by more than 2% in November to 82.2kg, another record, monthly pig meat production totalled 74,100 tonnes, the highest November figure since 1999. As such, pig meat production in November was 7% higher than the same month in 2013.