SARS-COV-2 took its toll on the EU pig production
According to the latest figures from Eurostat, EU pig slaughter in May was nearly 8% down on the same month last year. Throughput totalled 18.8 million head, 1.6 million fewer than a year earlier, with COVID-19 related disruption taking its toll. This meant that the number of pigs killed across the EU in the first five months of the year was down by 3% at 100.1 million head.
The far worst-hit country was the Netherlands, who reported a drop in pig meat production of 28%, followed by Italy (17%), France (14%) and Germany (7%). "Slightly higher carcase weights meant pig meat production across the year to date was down by 2.5% on a year earlier at 9.47 million tonnes. Production in May alone was nearly 7% lower year-on-year," observes Bethan Wilkins, senior analyst for AHDB.
In contrast, throughput was somewhat higher on the year in Denmark and Spain. Danish kill in May was up by nearly 2%. With falls earlier in the year though, Danish slaughter for the year to date was stable overall.
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