Austrian pig production expected to fall
Austrian net production of pigs will fall by 0.6% this
year to 4.68 million tonnes. These figuers were released by the Austrian
Experts from the ministry, quoting figures from the December 1 2006 livestock
census from Statistik Austria also said that export trade in pigs and pigmeat
increased dramatically last year.
The domestic pig herd consisted of
approximately 3.14 million head on that date, down around 0.9% in comparison
with the first of December in 2005.
pig slaughterings in 2006 reached some 5.28 million head, up 0.8% year-on-year
with domestic slaughterings adding a further 83,400 head to the
Trade in live pigs and pigmeat showed, as in the years before,
a marked increase, rising by 10.8% to 749,000 head, but in contrast, live pig
exports fell by 3.9% to 93,000 head.
Pig meat imports
imports reached 1.41 million tonnes in 2006, down 2.2% year-on-year, while
exports increased 6% to 2.04 million tonnes.
Net production reached
4.71 million head in 2006, down around 0.8% year-on-year and the producer price
for pigs grew on average by 6% in the course of the
â€¢ Austrian ministry for
agriculture, forestry, environment and water management
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