July 19, 2022
UK June pork production up year-on-year
The UK produced 86,600 tonnes of pork in June 2022, about the same as last month, but the most recent statistics from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) show that this is 13,900 tonnes (19% up) more than June 2021, the UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board reported.
The increase in pork production was driven by an increase in the number of clean swine slaughtered, which increased to 941,200 head (17% up year-on-year). In contrast, last month, 952,600 clean swine were slaughtered. Defra reported that 804,600 clean swine were slaughtered in June 2021.
Even though the June slaughter figures appear high when compared to those from the previous year, they are comparable to those from recent months. As a result, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board said it is challenging to say at this point whether the Defra numbers are excessive or simply reflect a time when throughput was low.
Carcase weights continued to decrease in June, but at a slower rate than in previous months. Clean pig carcasses had an average weight of 88.7 kg in June, which was 0.4 kg less than in May but still 3% (2.5 kg) more than in June of the previous year.
In comparison to this time last year, the total production for the first half of the year is 538,300 tonnes, an increase of 7%. 5.66 million clean swine were killed, an increase of 3% from the previous year. While there has been a slight increase in the number of animals slaughtered, heavier carcase weights are primarily to blame for the rise in production.
- UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board