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Belgian/Luxembourg Pork Industry Overview, July 2003

by 5m Editor
7 August 2003, at 12:00am

By USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Annual 2003 report for Belgium and Luxembourg. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report include all the tabular data which we have omitted from this article.

Belgium & Luxembourg: Swine & Pork

Report Highlights

Pig stocks decreased further because of environmental restrictions in 2002. In 2003, this decrease will continue but at a slower pace. Pork consumption decreased by 10 percent in 2002 and is expected to stabilize in 2003 and 2004.

Belgian meat consumption is increasing again. In 2002, Belgians consumed on average 36 kg of fresh red meat, 16 kg of processed meat and 13 kg of poultry and/or game meat.

Executive Summary

At the end of 2003, the hog populations in Belgium/Luxembourg are expected to decline to 6.67 million and to decline even further to 6.60 million at the end of 2004. This decline will be slightly smaller than expected because environmental restrictions are not as difficult to meet as expected. This led to a reduced interest in the government production license buyback scheme. Pig numbers are forecast to continue declining in the coming years but that reduction is slowing.

Domestic consumption of pork decreased about 5 percent in 2002, which is more than previously anticipated because of the recovery of beef and pooultry consumption. In 2003, pig meat consumption is stabilizing and expected to remain unchanged through 2004.

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Source: USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - Annual Livestock and Products Report - July 2003