Pigmeat production up 2.5% on 2103 for January to July period

The latest government figures show that UK home-killed production of pigmeat rose by 2.5% for January to July this year compared with the same period in 2013.

The figures, released by Defra, also revealed average carcase weights remaining “slightly higher” than in 2013.

The same Defra report puts the UK home-killed production of mutton and lamb up 3.4% on the year, again comparing the January-to-July period. Home-killed production of beef and veal, meanwhile, remained “similar” to 2013, although higher average carcase weights for that sector provided an increase in production of 2.8%

Imports of meat and meat preparations rose by £287m (5.0%) against 2013, for the same seven-month period, while exports rose by £54m (3.3%).

The total value of food, feed and drink exports in June 2014 was £1.6bn, 2% down on June 2013. Total export value for June also fell, finishing the month 3.7% lower at £3.3bn.

Full Defra report

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