September 23, 2022


UK pork output on the rise in August



Data from the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs showed that pork output in the UK increased in August 2022 to 84,500 tonnes, 2.1% higher (1,700 tonnes up) year-on-year, and 4.9% higher (4,000 tonnes) compared to July, the UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) reported.


The average weight of clean pig dressed carcases decreased to 87.5kg as the carcass weights continued their downward trend that began in the latter part of last year. This is only 0.3kg heavier than weights seen at this time last year and 0.5kg lighter than weights seen in July.


Clean swine slaughter increased to 932,100 head, up 49,400 head (5.6%) from July's throughput and 3,300 head (0.4%) from August 2021.


Production as a whole increased by 24,200 tonnes (3.6%) from January through August to total 703,100 tonnes. Since total slaughter has remained constant from January to August 2021, the cause of this increase will be heavier carcasses.


The temporary suspension of CF Industries' ammonia production at its Billingham site, which will affect the domestic supply of CO2, was announced in the latter part of August. Although the announcement raises questions about how much pork can be produced in the future, the timing of the production shutdown is still unknown.


Due to a smaller sow herd, the AHDB's summer outlooks predicted that there would be fewer market-ready supplies of clean swine available in the second half of the year.


-      UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

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