Austrian pig production in decline
Austrian pig production is expected to be 2% lower this
year compared with 2007, with numbers estimated to fall further still in the
first half of 2009, according to the latest estimates from the Austrian Ministry
The figures, based on a June livestock count, show that domestic production
in the third quarter of 2008 is expected to be 2.3% lower than in the same
quarter of 2007 and production for the fourth quarter is expected to be 4.1%
lower than 2007.
The nation is expected to rear 4,783 million pigs this
year, a 2% year-on-year decrease. In the first quarter of 2009, a 4.6% decrease
over the same period of 2008 is expected, whilst a year-on-year decrease of 2.3%
is expected for the second quarter.
Producer prices for pigs had fallen
9.2% in 2007 to an average slaughterweight of €1.33/kg, but in the first half of
2008, prices picked up to some extent, rising to €1.37/kg in the first quarter
and reaching €1.54/kg in the second quarter. Consumer prices for pigmeat
increased in the first half of 2008 by between 2.1% and 3.4% depending on
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