November 9, 2018


EU pork production, pig slaughterings slightly down in August


EU pork production in August declined slightly compared with both the previous month and August last year as the number of pigs slaughtered fell and carcase weights were lighter.


Production in the eight months through August, however, was up 3% across the 28-nation bloc compared with the same period in 2017, according to data from Eurostat, AHDB Pork reported.


Data showed that pig slaughterings in August were down 0.7% compared with the same month last year, at 20.9 million head. Production was down 1% at 1.87 million tonnes.


Overall, the total number of pigs killed in the first eight months reached 171.4 million head, 2.4% more than in the same period last year.


In Germany, which is the largest EU pork producer, there was a 9% reduction in pig slaughterings in August compared with year-earlier levels. Slaughterings in the first eight months were down by just 1%. The German decline was in contrast to the higher slaughterings in the major pork-producing EU states.


Spanish pig slaughterings rose 1.3% in August to 4.01 million head, while French throughputs grew to over 2 million head.