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EU Pig Meat Production – 2010

29 July 2011

According to Eurostat, pig meat production in the EU-27 was just over 22.0 million tonnes last year – 3.5 per cent more than 2009. Most countries – and all of the top 12 pig meat-producing countries – registered increases in 2010 over the previous year, writes Jackie Linden, senior editor of ThePigSite.

In its figures for 2010, Eurostat reports that output of pig meat by the EU-27 totalled just over 22.0 million tonnes in 2010, which is almost 751,000 tonnes or 3.5 per cent more than in the previous year. The table below shows the figures for 2009 and 2010, as well as the volumes and percentage changes between the two years for each country and the EU-27.

Still top of the pig meat-producing countries in the EU is Germany, with an output over 5.44 million tonnes in 2010, an increase of more than 189,000 tonnes or 3.6 per cent.

Second in the rankings but well behind Germany came Spain, producing just over 3.4 million tonnes of pig meat last year. This was 3.4 per cent or more than 110,000 tonnes more than in 2009.

France held on to its third place in the EU rankings as output was up by 0.3 per cent or 6,100 tonnes to just over 2.01 million tonnes.

With an increase of 133,000 tonnes in pig meat production (+8.3 per cent), Poland remained fourth in the league table with a total output of 1.74 million tonnes.

Denmark held on to its fifth position in the pig meat output ranking with an 83,000-tonne increase in production (+5.2 per cent) to almost 1.67 million tonnes.

Italian pig meat production was not far behind at just over 1.63 million tonnes in 2010 (+2.8 per cent).

Most of the other countries in the EU registered increases in the volume of pig meat produced in 2010 compared to the year before, with the biggest gains in percentage terms achieved in Lithuania (+32.3 per cent), Ireland (+9.5 per cent), UK (+7.5 per cent), Hungary (+7.1 per cent) and Romania (+5.5 per cent).

It is interesting to note that the majority of countries recording increases in pig meat production also registered a decline in their pig populations between 2009 and 2010.

Only eight EU countries produced less pig meat in 2010 than in the year before and none of the reductions exceeded six per cent. This is in stark contrast to 2009, when there were double-digit falls in output in seven EU Member States.

Pig meat production in the EU - 2009 and 2010
(tonnes; as of 22 July 2011)
  2009 2010 Difference % change
EU-27 21,291,898 22,042,710 +750,812 +3.5
Germany 5,253,795 5,443,1669 189,371 +3.6
Spain 3,290,571 3,400,853 +110,282 +3.4
France 2,004,185 2,010,326 +6,141 +0.3
Poland 1,608,238 1,741,425 +133,187 +8.3
Denmark 1,583,200 1,666,300 +83,100 +5.2
Italy 1,588,444 1,632,715 +44,271 +2.8
Netherlands 1,274,980 1,288,274 +13,294 +1.0
Belgium 1,082,036 1,123,769 +41,733 +3.9
UK 720,253 774,466 +54,213 +7.5
Austria 533,436 542,131 +8,695 +1.6
Hungary 388,717 416,146 +27,429 +7.1
Portugal 373,420 384,201 +10,781 +2.9
Czech Republic 284,572 275,905 -8,667 -3.0
Sweden 260,748 263,478 +2,730 +1.0
Romania 222,070 234,195 +12,125 +5.5
Ireland 195,575 214,129 +18,554 +9.5
Finland 205,655 203,068 -2,587 -1.3
Greece 117,583 113,717 -3,866 -3.3
Slovakia 70,145 68,599 -1,546 -2.2
Cyprus 58,102 57,059 -1,043 -1.8
Lithuania 41,428 54,814 +13,386 +32.2
Bulgaria 38,287 37,346 -941 -2.5
Estonia 30,808 31,930 +1,122 +3.6
Slovenia 24,115 24,902 +787 +3.3
Latvia 24,757 23,327 -1,430 -5.8
Luxembourg 9,409 9,509 +100 +1.1
Malta 7,369 6,960 -409 -5.6
Data from Eurostat

Further Reading

- You can view our report on the Eurostat data for pig populations in the EU in 2010 by clicking here.


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