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UK/EU Pig Statistics - January 2010

by 5m Editor
5 February 2010, at 12:00am

This article provides a summary of the latest statistics relating to pigs in the UK and Europe by ThePigSite editor, Jackie Linden.

The data are updated approximately quarterly by the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and include slaughter figures for all EU countries as well as details of UK carcass weights, pig meat production and trade.

The latest data in the current quarterly report from DEFRA provides figures for the UK for the full year 2009 (data is provisional) and up to September 2009 for the EU.

UK/EU Slaughterings

UK slaughterings of clean pigs in 2009 was 9.293 million – up 101,500 (+11.1 per cent) from 2008.

UK slaughterings for sows and boars in 2009 was 210,600, well down from the 235,000 a year previously.

The latest month for which data is available for EU pig slaughterings is September 2009, when the total for all 27 Member States came to 20.36 million. This is 281,000 or 1.4 per cent more than in 2008..

Total pigs slaughtered in the EU (thousand head)
Country 2008 total Jan 2009 Feb 2009 Mar 2009 Apr 2009 May 2009 Jun 2009 Jul 2009 Aug 2009 Sep 2009
Belgium 11,157 943 867 969 907 853 955 901 906 968
Bulgaria 993 36 37 45 53 47 48 43 41 43
Czech Republic 3,804 274 259 293 280 266 277 264 263 262
Denmark 20,790 1,855 1,548 1,702 1,491 1,452 1,547 1,633 1,521 1,661
Germany 54,848 4,816 4,335 4,935 4,589 4,479 4,555 4,534 4,526 4,803
Estonia 496 33 34 36 35 31 31 31 31 31
Ireland 2,578 214 188 209 203 184 197 208 192 204
Greece 1,913 183 144 125 129 125 133 131 138 131
Spain 41,306 3,570 3,488 3,385 3,019 3,136 3,146 3,068 2,892 3,245
France 25,735 2,169 1,968 2,142 2,064 1,888 2,116 2,087 2,032 2,154
Italy 13,616 1,099 1,019 1,075 1,038 1,016 1,034 1,038 945 1,053
Cyprus 725 59 58 49 57 62 62 64 59 66
Latvia 524 29 30 30 32 28 27 25 24 24
Lithuania 937 55 46 43 40 32 36 48 46 43
Luxembourg 150 11 9 12 12 11 12 12 10 11
Hungary 4,994 332 328 379 358 340 339 320 322 370
Malta 102 7 7 8 8 7 7 8 7 8
Netherlands 14,505 1,157 1,047 1,166 1,094 1,063 1,073 1,210 1,090 1,189
Austria 5,553 462 422 505 468 427 452 452 450 464
Poland 22,321 1,445 1,393 1,555 1,499 1,566 1,572 1,603 1,524 1,596
Portugal 5,976 459 433 469 486 443 476 512 519 507
Romania 5,660 163 182 215 270 237 221 230 235 237
Slovenia 381 25 23 27 24 24 24 23 21 22
Slovakia 1,084 62 62 68 57 61 61 63 65 68
Finland 2,459 192 193 210 188 184 204 204 178 197
Sweden 3,073 254 246 266 248 235 244 263 240 246
United Kingdom 9,427 835 690 717 854 690 723 909 761 756
EU-27 255,107 20,739 19,055 20,634 19,504 18,884 19,573 19,884 19,037 20,360

UK Carcass Weights

The average UK-killed and dressed carcass weight in 2009 was 78.0 kg, 1.4 kg heavier than the 2008 average.

The average dressed carcass weight for UK-killed sows and boars was 151.7 kg, only marginally higher than the 151.3 kg average for 2008.

UK Pig Meat Production

Total pig meat production in the UK in 2009 was 757,000 tonnes, of which 635,000 tonnes was pork and 122,000 tonnes was bacon and ham.

UK Home-Cured Bacon and Ham Production

For the fourth quarter of 2009, total home-cured ham and bacon production amounted to 52,000 tonnes. Of this, 29,000 tonnes (56 per cent) was produced from pigs slaughtered in the UK, and the rest from imported pig meat.

For 2009, total home-cured ham and bacon production was 189,000 tonnes, of which 104,000 tonnes (55 per cent) was produced from pigs slaughtered in the UK,

UK Trade in Pork, Bacon and Ham

The latest data available for UK trade in pig meat is for September 2009. For the year to that date, 271,000 tonnes of pork was imported into the country – 265,000 tonnes from other EU countries.

For pork exports, the total to that date was 71,200 tonnes – 53,900 tonnes to the EU and 17,300 to other countries.

All bacon and ham imports to the EU came from other EU countries and amounted to 224,000 tonnes. Of the total 14,500 tonnes exported to September, 14,200 tonnes were destined for other EU member states.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

Further Reading

- You can view information on the pig population in the UK and the EU by clicking here.


February 2010