Meat production in fourth quarter of 2008 up by 1.1%

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Meat production in the fourth quarter of 2008 rose by 1.1 per centMeat production in the fourth quarter of 2008 went up by 1.1 per cent (+41 tonnes) to 3,928 tonnes over the comparative period of 2007. Whereas beef and broiler-meat production rose by 11.5 and 4.5 per cent respectively, the production of pigmeat decreased by 2.3 per cent.

During the period under review, the number of heads of cattle and pigs slaughtered increased by 16.7 and 3.1 per cent respectively, although their respective carcass weight fell by 4.4 and 5.3 per cent. On the other hand, the number of broilers slaughtered fell by 0.5 per cent with the average carcass weight increasing by 5.0 per cent to 1.6 kilograms.

The producer value of animals slaughtered at licensed slaughterhouses during the fourth quarter of 2008 amounted to €7.1 million, resulting in an 11.2 per cent increase from €6.4 million in the comparative period of the preceeding year.

The producer value of slaughtered cattle increased by 1.5 per cent on account of a 16.7 per cent increase in the number of cattle slaughtered. Consequently, the average price per kilogram fetched on the market, decreased by 9.0 per cent from €2.89 per kilogram in the fourth quarter of 2007 to €2.63 per kilogram in the period under review. The producer value of pigmeat rose by 11.0 per cent on account of a steady rise in the price per kilogram fetched for pigmeat. This price rose to €1.78 per kilogram in the fourth quarter of 2008.

The producer value of broiler meat increased by 17.3 per cent, mainly on account of an increase in the average price per kilogram carcass, from €1.42 in the fourth quarter of 2007 to €1.59 in the fourth quarter of 2008.

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