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EU pig business slightly declining in 2017

  • 15 Mar 11:47

In 2017, EU pig slaughtering reached almost 255 mill. head, 1% lower than in the previous year.Pork production also decreased by 1% to 23.3 mill. t despite an increase in carcase weights, according to Eurostat data analyzed by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). AHDB analyst says that however throughputs in the final quarter were actually comparable to 2016, at 66 mill. head. Production levels were boosted marginally on the year by rising carcase weights. Higher throughputs in October and November were countered by a 4% drop in slaughterings in December, compared to year earlier levels. On an individual country basis, as the largest pig producer in. Read more...