Austrian pig production expected to fall

AUSTRIA - Austrian net production of pigs will fall by 0.6% this year to 4.68 million tonnes. These figures were released by the Austrian agriculture ministry.
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The domestic pig herd consisted of approximately 3.14 million head on that date, down around 0.9% in comparison with the first of December in 2005.

Pig slaughterings

Commercial pig slaughterings in 2006 reached some 5.28 million head, up 0.8% year-on-year with domestic slaughterings adding a further 83,400 head to the total.

Trade in live pigs and pigmeat showed, as in the years before, a marked increase, rising by 10.8% to 749,000 head, but in contrast, live pig exports fell by 3.9% to 93,000 head.

Pig meat imports

Pig meat imports reached 1.41 million tonnes in 2006, down 2.2% year-on-year, while exports increased 6% to 2.04 million tonnes.

Net production reached 4.71 million head in 2006, down around 0.8% year-on-year and the producer price for pigs grew on average by 6% in the course of the year.

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