Higher UK pig meat supplies in August
Latest figures for August showed a 1% increase in clean pig slaughterings compared with a year earlier, to 775,800 head. With increased carcase weights, total pig meat production reached 64,700 tonnes, 2% higher than the same month in 2013.
Defra figures published for August showed a 1% increase in clean pig slaughterings compared with a year earlier, to 775,800 head. This was largely a result of a 1% rise in throughputs in England and Wales. Scottish clean pig slaughterings were up by 4,000 head, which helped to offset the impact of a fall in the Northern Ireland kill (down by 5,000 head). As such, supplies in the UK for the first eight months of this year remained around 1% above last year’s level for the same period.
At, 17,400 head, UK cullings of adult sows and boars fell by 7% in August, compared with the same month in 2013. This was the largest decline since the start of the year, which could suggest positive producer intentions, encouraged by the recent declines in feed prices. However, with cull sow prices subdued, it may just indicate a lower rate of replacement. For the year so far, sow and boar slaughterings came down by 4% compared with the January to August period in 2013. The average monthly carcase weight edged up to 80.3kg in August, which widened the annual difference to almost 2kg above 2013 levels. Given the higher supplies and increased carcase weights, total pig meat production in August reached 64,700 tonnes, 2% higher than the same month in 2013.