EU production remains high in February
EU pig slaughterings in February 2015 were 3% up on the same month last year.
Latest figures from Eurostat show that EU pig slaughterings in February 2015 totalled 20.3 million head. This was 3% up on the same month last year, continuing the rising trend of most recent months. With carcase weights averaging only slightly heavier, pig meat production was up by a little over 3% at 1.84 million tonnes. Although up on a year earlier, the number of pigs slaughtered per working day was somewhat lower than in January, as is normal for the time of year. Even so, with supplies still relatively plentiful, it seems that the rise in pig prices during February was mainly demand driven.
The most important contributor to the rise in EU slaughterings was Spain; its throughputs were 8% up on February 2014 at 3.9 million head. This was more than enough to offset a marginal fall in the German kill, the EU’s largest, largely due to lower imports of slaughter pigs from the Netherlands. This also meant that Dutch throughputs were up sharply compared with a year earlier. Among other major producers, slaughterings in Denmark were up 1%, while in France they were level on the year and in Poland were down 2%.