UK pig slaughterings continue to fall in March

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In March, UK clean pig slaughterings were 5% lower than the same month in 2016, at 876,600 head, according to latest figures from Defra.

The fall in throughputs continues the trend seen over the past few month, and is partly due to an assumed contraction in the UK breeding herd last year. The latest figures correlate with anecdotal comments that over the past couple of months UK supplies of pigs have been tight, contributing to further rises in pig prices.

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Sow slaughterings also decreased on the year in March by 7%, at 21,700 head. This also follows a similar trend recorded over the past few months.

In March, average carcase weights were marginally (360g) higher year on year, but were 660kg lower on the month, at 83.2kg/head. Due to the reduction in throughput, and only a slight increase in carcase weights, pigmeat production in March fell by 5% on the year, at 76,100 tonnes.

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Millie Askew, Analyst

millie.askew@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8968