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UK June slaughterings well up

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At, 771,700 head, UK clean pig slaughterings in June increased by 4% compared with the same month in 2013. This brought the total UK kill for the first half of the year to almost 5 million head, up 1% from same period in 2013.

At, 771,700 head, UK clean pig slaughterings in June increased by 4% compared with the same month in 2013. This was the largest year-on-year growth in two years. The latest rise in throughputs suggests further productivity gains but may also mean that some pigs were marketed a little earlier, given good growing conditions and the falling finished pig prices of late. The number of pigs that entered English abattoirs increased by 4%, while there was a smaller rise in Northern Irish throughputs, up by 2% on the year earlier. Scottish slaughterings were up by 7%, the first year-on-year rise since the closure of Halls of Broxburn in October 2012. This brought the total UK kill for the first half of the year to almost 5 million head, up 1% from same period in 2013.

UK June slaughterings well up

In contrast, there was a 7% decline in the number of adult sows and boars slaughtered in June, to 18,700 head. The six month figures for adult pig slaughterings showed a tight supply situation as cull prices remained subdued; throughputs were down by 3% on the year before. Finished pig carcase weights for June edged down slightly from the previous month, at 80.0kg. This still meant pigs in the UK were 2% heavier in the latest month, compared with June 2013. Consequently, pig meat production in the month totalled 64,500 tonnes, up 6% on a year earlier. The half year figure for pig meat production showed a 3% increase in supplies, to 418,900 tonnes.