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2011/12 Pig Slaughter Figure Adjusted Upwards

8 March 2012, at 1:38pm

EU - The 2011 and 2012 pig crop and slaughter figure is adjusted upwards based on higher than expected breeding efficiency, likely caused by the restructuring of the industry.

In 2011, the EU swine sector started with a significantly smaller breeding stock than a year before; the number of sows and covered sows were reduced by 2.2 per cent and 3.2 per cent respectively, according to the USDA GAIN: EU-27 Livestock and Products Semi-annual report.

Breeding and fattening is expected to continue on a high level until 2013, the year when the new environment and animal welfare regulations will be imposed.

Due to good demand on the world market, most of this additional volume of pork produced is expected to be destined for exports.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.