Italian pig meat production falls
In October, production was down 5% to 118 thousand tonnes compared with a year ago according to data from Istat. Italian pig meat production is down 12% in the year to October 19, to 1,200 thousand tonnes.
Despite this reduction in production, exports of pig meat (excluding offal) have increased over 3% to 200,000 tonnes in the year to September 2019. In spite of the higher volumes, export prices have actually fallen, and so total value has increased by less than 1%. Italy’s main export markets are Germany and France.
Live pig imports are down 13%, to 883,000 head. 15% more were imported from the Netherlands in the year to September but imports from Denmark, Germany, Spain and France were all lower. This could reflect the contraction in pig herd in some EU countries and also higher export demand. The domestic pig herd in Italy fell 1% between 2017 and 2018 to 8.5million head.
Pig meat imports were 4.5% lower in the year to September, with the reductions from Germany, France, Denmark and Poland. Lower imports and production, together with higher exports, point to weaker domestic demand.