Pig meat production increases in May

UK pig meat production grew 3.7% in May to total 80,100 tonnes. Production has been driven by an increase in clean pig slaughter and heavier carcase weights compared to a year earlier.


AHDB analyst Tom Forshaw said that key facts about production in May 2019 included:

  • Clean pig slaughter: 913,800 head;
  • Adult pig slaughter: 21,700 head; and
  • Average prime pig carcase weight: 84.2kg.

Year to date (Jan-May) key facts included:

  • Clean pig slaughter: 4.44 million head (+0.4% year-on-year);
  • Adult pig slaughter: 104,900 head (-4% year-on-year); and
  • Pig meat production: 390,900 tonnes (+1% year-on-year).

Mr Forshaw said: “Pork has been performing relatively well in the retail sector lately. This could explain some of the increase in throughputs as demand marginally increases for pork. Also, increased demand for EU pork from China will have tightened the market slightly.”

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