UK slaughterings up again in August
UK clean pig slaughterings in August were again about 3% higher than a year earlier at 782,000 head. The largest increase was again in Scotland, up by 21% year on year at 52,000 head. Throughputs in England and Wales were 1% higher at 601,000 head whereas Northern Ireland figures stood at 129,000 head, 7% up on August 2011. Clean pig slaughterings for the first eight months of the year totalled 6.6 million head, also up by 3% on the same period last year.
The August total for slaughterings of sows and adult boars was 21,100 head. This was around 2,400 higher than in August 2011 and follows an even larger increase in July, providing further evidence that some producers are destocking in the face of increased feed costs.
The average UK clean pig carcase weight for August was marginally lower than in August 2011 at 77.7kg, as higher weights in Northern Ireland partly offset lower GB weights. Given the rise in both clean and adult pig slaughterings, pig meat production in August was more than three per cent higher than a year earlier at 63,900 tonnes.