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Malta Meat Production Shoots Up by 14.5%

by 5m Editor
6 June 2008, at 10:25am

MALTA - The country's meat production volume rose by 14.5%, while its producer value shot up by 8.9% during the first quarter of the year.

According to the Malta Independent, meat production in the first quarter of 2008 amounted to 3,627 tonnes, an increase of 459 tonnes (+14.5 per cent) over the corresponding period in 2007.

The volume of beef production in the first quarter of 2008 decreased by 4.6 per cent as a result of a 5.6 per cent decline in the number of cattle slaughtered. On the other hand, the average carcass weight increased slightly, by 1.1 per cent, over the same period in 2007.

Pig meat production rose by 17.3 per cent, mainly on account of an increase of 14.5 per cent in the number of pigs slaughtered. A slight increase in the average carcass weight of 2.4 per cent, from 83.6 kilogrammes in the first quarter of 2007 to 85.6 kilogrammes in the same period of 2008, was also registered.

Broiler meat production increased by 16.3 per cent to 1,325 tonnes in the first quarter of 2008, on account of an increase in both the number of broilers slaughtered and a higher average carcass weight by 8.7 per cent and seven per cent respectively.

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5m Editor