November 9, 2018
EU pork production, pig slaughterings slightly down in August
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.