Growth in UK production continues in August
UK pig meat production totalled 68,400 tonnes in August, a 6% increase compared with a year earlier.
The number of clean pigs slaughtered in the UK reached 819,900 in August, up 6% on the year. The year on year growth in slaughterings was noticeable across the whole of the UK, with numbers in England and Wales up 6%, while slaughterings in Northern Ireland and Scotland showed smaller gains of 4% and 1% respectively. This means clean pig slaughterings in the UK have been consistently higher year on year since April 2014. Numbers in the first eight months of 2015 are at 7.0 million, up 4% on 2014. However, average carcase weights in August fell 0.1kg compared to a year earlier at 80.2kg.
For the third consecutive month, sow and boar slaughterings were above the levels seen in the previous year, with a 6% increase being recorded in August at 18,300 tonnes. This was potentially due to low prices being received for finished pigs leading producers to scale back their operations. This leaves overall sow and boar slaughterings in the first eight months of the year down 2% at 162,800. The average carcase weight of sows and boars was up by over 8kg compared to the previous year at 147.8kg.
Overall pig meat production in August was up by 6% in the year at 68,400 tonnes following the increases in production of both clean pigs and sows and boars. This leaves production in the first eight months of the year up 5% at 592,300 tonnes.