Higher UK supplies in October
UK clean pig slaughterings in October reached just over 1 million head, almost 2% above the same month last year. With higher slaughterings and heavier carcase weights, there was 4% more domestic pig meat on the market compared with a year earlier.
UK clean pig slaughterings in October reached just over 1 million head. This was almost 2% above the same month last year, confirming the recent reports about higher supplies on the market. Pig slaughterings generally increase during October but the latest monthly figure was the highest since 2001. The overall increase was largely a result of a 2% increase English throughputs. Pig slaughterings in Northern Ireland also increased by 2% compared with October 2013, while the Scottish kill was up by 5%, continuing the recent recovery following several years of declining throughputs.
In contrast, at 23,700 head, the number of adult boars and sows culled fell by 2% compared with October 2013. This indicates that producers have continued to retain their breeding herd, with lower feed and cull sow prices the main drivers. At 82.1kg the average clean pig carcase weight for October reached another new record, being slightly higher than the September average. Pigs were almost 2kg heavier compared with the same month in 2013. As a result, with higher slaughterings and heavier carcase weights, pig meat production in October totalled 87,900 tonnes. This meant there was 4% more domestic pig meat on the market compared with a year earlier.