10 Jun 2019
EU Reference Price (p/kg dwt)
08 Jun 2019
Est GB clean pig Slaughterings (000 head)
25 May 2019
Est GB weekly sow slaughterings (000 head)
The industry is made up of a huge variety of production systems with herds ranging from just a handful of sows to thousands. Each of these businesses has an important part to play in the overall success of the industry, whether it’s commercial lines or rare breeds it is important to know that the support and information is out there.
EU pig meat production has had a bit of sluggish start to the year. Production in February increased by 2.5% on last year. However, a 4.3% drop in March dampened this growth, according to the latest figures from Eurostat. As a result, production for the first quarter of this year was down by 0.7% (-42,400 tonnes) at 6.14 million tonnes.
UK pig meat production grew 3.7% in May to total 80,100 tonnes. Production has been driven by an increase in clean pig slaughter and heavier carcase weights compared to a year earlier.
As the world’s largest pork producer China accounts for around 50% of pork production globally. The current African Swine Fever epidemic is expected to reduce China’s pork production by 25-35% according to Rabobank, resulting in increased demand for other animal proteins but decreased demand for feedstuffs.