The National Statistics Office said that meat production and the producer value declined by 12.5 and 9.4 per cent respectively in the fourth quarter last year when compared to 2010.
Meat production dropped by 12.5 per cent to 3,188 tonnes during the quarter under review, as a result of a decrease in the production of beef, pigmeat and broilermeat of 2.9, 13.6 and 12.9 per cent respectively.
This was brought about by declines in the number of slaughtered cattle, pigs and broilers by 2.0, 7.4 and 9.4 per cent respectively.
During the period under review, the producer value of animals slaughtered at licensed slaughterhouses amounted to €6.1 million, down by 9.4 per cent from €6.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.
This was a result of the decline in the producer value of slaughtered pigs and broilers of 13.6 and 8.5 per cent respectively. On the other hand, the producer value of beef slaughtered rose by 8.4 per cent on account of an increase in the average price per kilogram of beef fetched on the market. During the period under review, the average carcass weight of cattle, pigs and broilers slaughtered declined by 1.0, 6.7 and 3.9 per cent respectively, NSO added.
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