EU pork production back in November

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According to the latest figures from Eurostat, 21.9 million pigs were slaughtered in the EU during November 2016.

This meant that throughput appeared to be stable on 2015 figures. However, an extra working day in November last year meant that, per working day, slaughterings were actually 5% back on year earlier levels during the month.

At 2.0 million tonnes, pig meat production per working day was also 5% behind 2015 levels. This suggests carcase weights were broadly similar to the previous year. Overall, this brought pig meat production for the January-November period of 2016 to 21.2 million tonnes. This was 1% higher than the same period a year earlier, though when the extra leap day is accounted for, production was actually largely stable on the year.

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Individually, Denmark (-16%), the Netherlands (-8%) and Spain (-1%) all reported November production figures to be down on the previous year. Note that this is the second consecutive month of significant year-on-year declines reported by Denmark, which is likely partially influenced by different reporting methods being used in 2015 and 2016. Changes to reporting method also likely influenced the UK figure, which was reported to be 9% higher than 2015 but followed a 20% decline in production reported for October. Conversely, Germany and Poland reported production as above year earlier figures by 3% and 1% respectively. However, these increases are affected by the extra working day in 2016, and on a like-for-like basis production was actually lower.

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Bethan Wilkins, Analyst

bethan.wilkins@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8757