UK pork outlook update

British pork sector faces extraordinarily challenging period
calendar icon 24 November 2021
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Defra figures suggest that only 58,000 adult pigs were killed in Q3, 6% less than last year. AHDB experts believe that some sow slaughter is missing from this total and the actual number should be closer to 64,000.

"This would be about 3.5% higher than last year, in line with expectations following the relatively low culling levels in 2020," said the report.

Pig meat production in Q3 totalled 249,000 tonnes, 2% higher than last year. There has so far been no sign of carcase weights easing, with weights in the SPP sample now averaging over 92kg.

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