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Production of Dutch finisher pigs on the rise

Dutch gross domestic production figures of finisher pigs have risen by 8.2% in the first six months of 2008. Production hasn't been this high for years.

These preliminary data were published by the Dutch Product Board for Livestock and Meat (PVV), the agricultural newspaper Agrarisch Dagblad reports. The Dutch gross production figures are made up of slaughter figures including exports, minus imports.

The growth in production can be mainly found in higher exports as in the period from January until July, 214,608 finishers were exported, a 13% year-on-year rise.

Slaughters rose 6%, 416,000 more than last year. Imports dropped by 2.5%, which equals 41,676 heads.

Growth
Production of finishers has topped last year's levels all year long. In the first three months of the year, the growth in gross domestic production rate was already 4%. This tendency, the PVV concludes, has grown in April, May and June.

Germany was Holland's biggest buyer as 1,610,913 living finishers crossed the border, a total of 86.6% of the total number of exports.

This year, exports to Germany from the Netherlands, grew as in the first six months, over 185,000 living pigs were transported across the border, equalling a 13% growth.

UK
British slaughterhouses seem have increased their numbers of killings again in June. In that month, they processed 167,000 finishers, which is 6,000 more than in May, but still 15,000 less in comparison to June 2007.

Related websites:
• Agrarisch Dagblad
• Dutch Product Board for Livestock and Meat

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