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Meat production in the second quarter of 2009 decreased by 8.8 per cent to 3,440 tonnes while the producer value of slaughtered animals rose by 1.2 per cent, new NSO data reveals.
While pigmeat and broiler-meat production decreased by 13.6 and 3.8 per cent respectively, these drops were slightly mitigated by a 0.7 per cent rise in the production of beef. The increase in beef production resulted from the 5.1 per cent increase in the number of cattle slaughtered, although the average carcass weight declined by 4.2 per cent.
The decrease in the carcass weight of pigs resulted from a 12.0 per cent drop in the number of pigs slaughtered and a 1.9 per cent decline in the average carcass weight. Broiler-meat production declined on account of a 7.7 per cent drop in the number of broilers slaughtered, although the average carcass weight rose by 4.3 per cent over the corresponding period in 2008.
Compared to the corresponding period last year, the producer value of animals slaughtered in the period under review registered an increase of €0.07 million (+1.2 per cent) and amounted to €6.32 million. While the producer value of slaughtered cattle dropped by 8.8 per cent on account of lower prices, the producer value of slaughtered pigs fell by 1.8 per cent because of the decline in the number of pigs slaughtered.
On the other hand, the producer value of broiler-meat production went up by 12.1 per cent due to an increase in the average price per kilogram carcass (+16.4 per cent), from €1.46 in the second quarter of 2008 to €1.70 in the corresponding quarter this year.
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