EU pig meat production down in July
According to the latest figures, EU pig slaughterings in July were only marginally down compared with the same month last year. Lighter weights mean that pig meat production was down by over 1%.
According to the latest figures published by Eurostat, EU pig slaughterings in July stood at 20.8 million head. This was only marginally down compared with the same month last year. For the year to date, throughputs showed almost a 1% decline compared with the first seven months in 2013. However, pig meat production in July was down by over 1%, at 1.8 million tonnes. This indicates, pigs were finished at lighter weights in July across the EU, so the fall in EU pig meat production was larger than the decline in throughputs. This continues the trend of the year so far, with output 2% lower overall, at 12.6 million tonnes.
During July, pig slaughterings in Belgium were down by 4%, while the EU’s leading producer, Germany, recorded a 3% decline. French throughputs fell by 2% compared with July 2013. However, these declines were largely offset by increases in some of the other key markets, including the Netherlands (up 24% as more Dutch pigs were killed at home rather than being exported), Spain (up 5%), Ireland (up 3%) and Poland (up 3%). August figures for most of the main pig producers are not yet published. Those which are, including France, Ireland and Belgium, show a mixed picture but with slightly lower throughputs overall. However, the overall EU situation will depend on figures from the remaining markets.