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EU pig meat output down in first half of 2014

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With an extra working day in the month this year, EU pig slaughterings in June were 2% higher than last year at 19.2 million head. Nevertheless, this was the lowest monthly kill of the year and supplies remained tight across Europe. Overall, throughputs in the first half of the year were 1% lower than in 2013.

With an extra working day in the month this year, EU pig slaughterings in June were 2% higher than last year at 19.2 million head. Nevertheless, this was the lowest monthly kill of the year so far and indicates that supplies remained tight across Europe. Overall, throughputs in the first half of the year were 1% lower than in 2013, totalling 121.3 million head. Pig meat supplies were tightened further by a small drop in carcase weights overall, meaning that production was up only 1% in June and was down 2% for the year to date, to 10.83 million tonnes. If sustained for the rest of the year, this would mark the third straight year of falling output across the EU; pig meat production in the 12 months ending in June 2014 was 3% lower than in the 12 months ending June 2011.

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Although the overall trend was downwards, there were differing trends in the main member states in the first half of 2014. Among the larger producers, Poland, Spain and the Netherlands all recorded increased throughputs, with rises of 7%, 2% and 1% respectively. The Polish pig herd has begun to stabilise after a long period of decline but the rise in production is mainly due to increased imports of weaners. The live trade also impacted on Dutch figures, with more pigs slaughtered at home rather than being exported to Germany. This contributed to a 2% fall in German slaughterings in the first half of the year and the growing weaner export trade was also largely responsible for a 3% drop in Danish throughputs. During the six months, France killed 1% fewer pigs than in the first half of 2014, while the Belgian kill was down 2%.