Pig export trends in France steady
Finished pigs in France, marked a 1.1% rise against
2007 in the January to October year to date with a total of nearly 2.2 million
going down the slaughter lines.
Figures released this week by the French government's agricultural
statistics agency, Agreste also indicate a 5.2% year-on-year drop in year to
date breeding herd cull numbers, which stood at 373 890 head at the end of
At this time last year, the French pig industry was in the middle of a
heavy cull, so year-on-year drops of around 12% for September and October cull
numbers come as no surprise.
While current year to date clean pig tonnages remain within one percentage
point of 2007 levels, there has been an 8% lift in June to September pigmeat
exports, which topped 501 000t this year.
Russia and Asian destinations account for 25% of all France's third country
tonnages. Average year to date pricing compares favourably with 2006, although
domestic demand is slower than 2007, Agreste observes.
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