September pig meat production highest since 1999
September figures show a 4% increase in clean pig slaughterings, to 821,900 head, the highest September figure since 2001. Clean pig carcase weights reached a record high level at 81.7kg, so pig meat production was the highest September figure since 1999.
September figures published by Defra show a 4% increase in clean pig slaughterings, to 821,900 head. This was the highest September figure for throughputs since 2001. A similar increase in slaughterings was recorded for England and Wales, while 1% more pigs entered abattoirs in Northern Ireland. Slaughterings in Scotland remained virtually unchanged from a year earlier. The rise in September meant total UK slaughterings for the first nine months of this year were 1% above last year’s level, at 7.53 million head.
At, 18,800 head, adult sow and boar throughputs were down by 6% in September this year compared with the same month in 2013, continuing the trend of recent months. This was a consequence of lower prices this year, both for feed and cull sows, encouraging producers to retain their breeding herd. Clean pig carcase weights in September reached a record high level at 81.7kg, almost 3% (2.1kg) higher than a year before. As a result, pig meat production increased by 6% compared with September 2013. At, 69,800 tonnes, this was the highest September production figure since 1999. This took pig meat output for the year to date to 633,800 tonnes, nearly 3% up on a year earlier.