EU production growth continues in August
EU pig meat production increased by 2% in August, a similar growth rate to that recorded in July but slower than in the first half of the year.
Although carcase weights were slightly heavier than a year before, the increased output was largely due to higher slaughterings. 19.9 million pigs were killed during the month, around 400,000 more than in August 2014. EU production for the first eight months of the year was 4% up on the same period last year, at just over 15 million tonnes. Output has been higher than a year earlier in every month of the year to date.
As has been the case for most of the year, the rise in pig slaughterings was led by Spain, where throughputs were 9% up year on year. Germany, the leading producer, increased its kill by 1%, while Belgium, France and Poland were among the other Member States recording growth. However, there were declines in some major producing countries during the month. For example, the Netherlands recorded a 5% annual decline in August. In addition, figures from Denmark, which have been volatile this year, showed an 8% drop compared with the same month last year.