November 24, 2016


UK pork production in Oct. posts sharpest decline since 2009



Total UK pig-meat production last month totalled 73,500 tonnes, a 5% decrease from the adjusted 2015 figure, data from the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, or Defra, showed. “This represents the sharpest rate of year-on-year decline in output for any month since April 2009”, AHDB Pork said.


At 865,100 head, UK clean pig slaughterings were down 5% in October compared with the same month in 2015. This was the third consecutive month of falling throughputs.


Average carcase weights during the same month decreased by a modest 0.2 kilogramme from September to 81.8 kg.


With UK pig prices remaining buoyant, the reduction in slaughterings backs up reports of tightening supplies on the market.


Sow slaughterings at 18,900 head in October were also reportedly down 11% year-on-year, which is a possible adjustment following the small increase in slaughterings seen in September, relative to 2015. However, with the market situation currently positive, it is likely that producers will maintain their breeding herds at this time, according to the pork division of the UK Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.
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