EU pork production falls in October, or does it?
Latest figures from Eurostat suggest that EU pig slaughterings fell by 5% in October compared to the previous year, declining to 21.2 million head.
However, much of this decline is due to there being an extra working day in October 2015 compared to 2016. When accounting for this difference and putting the months on a like-for-like basis, slaughterings were stable compared to the previous year. A similar picture was seen for pig meat production, which was reported to be back by 5% at 1.92 million tonnes. Slaughterings and production showing very similar trends indicates broadly stable carcase weights compared to 2015. This means that overall production in the first ten months of 2016 were up 2% on the same period in 2015 at 19.2 million tonnes.
Production was reported to be back in most of the major EU producing countries, including France (-4%) Germany (-3%) and Spain (-3%). However Production in Poland was level with the same stage in 2015. Large movements in production in the UK (-21%) and Denmark (-14%) are likely to be a result of different reporting methods being used in the two years.
Mark Kozlowski - Senior analyst