Polish pig production continues to grow
Following growth during 2017, Polish pig meat production continues to grow in 2018.
During the first seven months of the year, production totalled 1.2million tonnes, up 8% (+84,000 tonnes) compared to the same period in 2017. This has been driven by an increase in slaughterings during the period, up 5% (+658,000 head) to total 13.2 million head.
Increased production is being supported by a continuing increase of imports of live piglets for fattening in Poland. Live imports of animals weighing less than 50kg are up in the year to June, by 20% and total 3.3 million head. Around 87% of these have been sourced from Denmark, with Germany making up a further 9%.
Polish fresh/frozen pork exports have recorded a rise in the year to June. During the first half of the year exports were up slightly, by 1% to total 238,000 tonnes. Exports to the US have increased significantly in the last couple of years. In 2016 Polish pork exports to the US in the year to June, totalled 20,000 tonnes, but this year, exports to the US have totalled 35,500 tonnes so far, an increase of 78% on 2016 levels and up 22% compared to last year. ASF continues to spread within Poland, bringing restrictions on exporters, particularly into prospective Asian markets, which could put pressure on export volumes towards the end of the year.
Tom Forshaw, Analyst
Tom.Forshaw@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8647