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Carcase balance limiting UK pig meat’s market share

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Read our latest analysis of the impact of variations in UK consumers' demand for products from different parts of a pig

Over the last decade, the UK’s self-sufficiency in pig meat has increased from around 47% to 55%. However, the UK’s share of the domestic pig meat market has stayed stubbornly low, at around 40%. Instead, much of the increased production has found its way onto export markets, with shipments having nearly doubled and now accounting for over a quarter of production.

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So what is preventing the UK from growing its market share? The answer is carcase balance. An excess of demand for products from some parts of the pig and a surplus of cuts from other parts limits the market share UK pig meat can achieve. This, in turn, limits the scope for expanding the UK herd.

To read about carcase balance on the UK pig meat market in more detail, click here.