Number of Czech pig slaughterings up
Numbers of pig slaughterings in the Czech Republic have been growing for
the first time in years.
Slaughterings in the first three months of 2007 rose by about 3% in
comparison to last year, data from the German market analyst, ZMP
This is the first time since 2003 the trend is moving up
again. In the end of March, frustrated Czech pig farmers even threatened to
block the Austrian border, claiming that too many Austrian imports would
suffocate Czech pig industry.
The blockade plan was finally abandoned
and replaced by milder forms of protest.
high import demand for pigmeat rose in the first three months of
2007, by 15% to 38,077 tonnes.
Germany is still the largest
exporter of pork to the Czech Republic. Austria is second and also Poland has
started to export to the Czech market.
Czech pork exports rose by 20%
to about 8,551 tonnes.
On the other hand, the
total Czech pig herd has been shrinking, according to data from the Czech
ministry of agriculture. By the beginning of the month April, the total figure
was 2.83 million head, a 0.4% fall in comparison to one year
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