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EU Pig Production Growth Slowed in February

25 May 2016

British Pig Executive

EU - Provisional figures from the EU Commission show that EU pig meat production increased year-on-year in February – up 6 per centto 1.95 million tonnes.

There was one extra working day this year, due to the leap year, so if working day production was compared like for like, this was equivalent to a rise in production of just 1 per cent.

This represents a slowdown in growth compared with much of 2015, which supports forecasts that supplies will begin to tighten throughout the year.

Similarly, clean pig slaughterings were up 5 per centin February on the year earlier, to 21.4 million head but this effectively was only a marginal increase. Major producing member states illustrated in the December censuses that they are rationalising their breeding herds.

New figures from Poland suggest this trend has continued since then, with its breeding herd in March 16 per centsmaller than a year before.

There were fluctuations in the outputs from member states in February when compared with a year earlier. Spain led the march, with production volumes up 14 per centon a year earlier. Following the results from the December census, showing Spain increasing its pig herd, this increase in unsurprising.

Germany and France also recorded increases in production, both at 6 per cent. However, Denmark and the Netherlands both recorded falls in production levels (-6 per centand -10 per centrespectively). This fall was despite the longer working month, so may actually represent a greater fall than recorded, although reporting periods are thought to have changed, for Denmark at least.

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