Meat production in the first quarter this year decreased by 7.9 per cent to 3.342 tonnes while the producer value rose by 4 per cent, according to NSO statistics published Wednesday.

While pigmeat and broiler-meat production fell by 8.2 and 12.2 per cent respectively, beef production saw a rise of 10.8 per cent which mitigated these drops.

The increase in beef production resulted from a 12.2 per cent increase in the number of cattle slaughtered, although the average carcass weight fell by 1.3 per cent. The decline in the carcass weight of pigs resulted from a 2.6 per cent drop in the number of pigs slaughtered, complemented with a 5.8 per cent drop in the average carcass weight.

In fact, the average carcass weight in 2009 averaged 80.7 kilograms. Similarly the 12.2 per cent drop in broiler-meat production resulted from a decline in the number of broilers slaughtered (-11.2 per cent) complemented by a marginal decline in average carcass weight.

The producer value of animals slaughtered at licensed slaughterhouses during the period under review registered an increase of €0.24m (+4.0 per cent), to €6.15m over the corresponding period of 2008.

The producer value of slaughtered cattle advanced by 9.0 per cent, on account of the increase in the number of cattle slaughtered. Subsequently, the average price per kilogram fetched on the market decreased by 1.5 per cent, from €2.72 per kilogram in 2008 to €2.68 in 2009.

The producer value of pigs went up by 4.4 per cent due to a 13.4 per cent rise in the average price per kilogram fetched on the market, from €1.57 in 2008 to €1.78 in 2009.

The producer value of broiler-meat production increased by 1.0 per cent, attributable to an increase of 15.2 per cent in the average price per kilogram fetched on the market, from €1.45 in 2008 to €1.67 in 2009

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