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UK/EU Pig Statistics - October 2009

by 5m Editor
10 November 2009, 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 September 2009 and for June 2009 for the EU.

UK/EU Slaughterings

UK slaughterings of clean pigs in September 2009 was 737,100 – up 12,700 from the same month in 2008.

UK slaughterings for sows and boars in September 2009 was 17,400, down slightly from 17,900 inthe same month a year previously.

The latest month for which data is available for EU pig slaughterings is June 2009, when the total for all 27 Member States came to 19.573 million. This brought the total number of pigs slaughtered in the EU-27 for the first half of the year to just under 118.4 million.

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

UK Carcass Weights

The average UK-killed and dressed carcass weight in September 2009 was 79.2 kg, 2.6 kg heavier than the 2008 average.

The average dressed carcass weight for UK-killed sows and boars was 152.2 kg, somewhat more than the 151.3 kg average for 2008.

UK Pig Meat Production

Total pig meat production in the UK in September 2009 was 61,000 tonnes, of which 52,000 tonnes was pork and 9,000 tonnes was bacon and ham.

These figures bring the totals for the year to the end of September to 551,000, 464,000 and 87,000 tonnes, respectively.

UK Home-Cured Bacon and Ham Production

For the third quarter of 2009, total home-cured ham and bacon production amounted to 46,000 tonnes. Of this, 25,000 tonnes (54 per cent) was produced from pigs slaughtered in the UK, and the rest from imported pig meat. The downward trend in the proportion of UK-reared pigs for cured meat production in the UK appears to have levelled off.

UK Trade in Pork, Bacon and Ham

The latest data available for UK trade in pig meat is for June 2009, when 33,700 tonnes of pork was imported into the country – 33,200 tonnes from other EU countries.

In the same month, 6,800 tonnes of pork was exported from the UK – 5,400 to the EU and 1,400 to other countries.

All bacon and ham trade in the same month was with other EU countries: 26,900 tonnes were imported and 1,600 tonnes were exported.

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.


November 2009