Global pork production is predicted to reach 114.8 m tonnes in 2023


Global pork production is predicted to reach 114.8 m tonnes in 2023, informs AHDB, as production is set to grow in China, Canada, and Brazil, offsetting declines in the EU, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Posted on Jul 27 ,00:15

Global pork production is predicted to reach 114.8 m tonnes in 2023

According to a recent outlook published by USDA, Chinese production is on the up with higher-than-expected slaughter, as producers seek to reduce herd size and maintain a flow of profit. Brazilian pork production has been revised up 8% from the previous forecast to 1.5 m tonnes as feed prices fall, and strong demand from the Asian markets incentivise production. Production in the Philippines is expected to fall due to resurgence of ASF in key producing areas, down 3% from the previous forecast. Global exports are forecast at 10.8 m tonnes, with greater shipments from the USA and Brazil who are able to benefit from reduced exports from the EU and Canada, allowing gains in market share in South Korea, Philippines, and China.

In the EU, pig meat production has seen large falls in capacity so far this year, and it is forecast to end the year 5.5% below 2022 volumes, according to the latest EU short term outlook. This is driven by contraction in the female breeding herd, high feed costs, and the ever-looming threat of African swine fever. Pig prices have reached historic highs, up 30% from June 2022, as supplies tighten. Domestic demand for pig meat in the EU remains high but is likely to fall by 4.5% to 30.4 kg as supply is unable to meet demand, and high prices turn customers off to pork, switching to cheaper meats such as poultry, or reducing meat consumption.

A fall in domestic production capacity in the EU has led to a drop in exports, forecasted to end the year down 12% from 2022. Due to high domestic prices, loses have been seen in high value markets such as USA and Australia, and lower value such as the Philippines, with further declines of exports to China, as a result of a lack of price competitiveness.

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