In Q3 2012 the total meat production amounted to 112 525 tonnes and decreased by 6.3% compared to Q3 2011. The production of beef and pigmeat decreased by 10.1% and by 9.0%, respectively, year-on-year, while the production of poultry almost did not differ from Q3 2011 data.
Slaughtering and meat production
The total number of slaughtered pigs decreased by 8.9%, y-o-y. The pigmeat production decreased by 9.0% to 58 166 tonnes.
Results of pig breeding
The number of pigs as at 1 August 2012 reached 1 574 thous. heads. Although there was a decrease by 5.1%, y-o-y, their number increased by 5.8% related to the results as at 31 December 2011. The number of sows rose above the level of 100 thousand again (+4.1%). The number of mated gilts went up by 9.8%, y-o-y.
Agricultural producer prices of pigs for slaughter
Agricultural producer prices of pigs for slaughter grew by 14.1%. The producers sold pigs for slaughter in S, E and U quality classes for CZK 33.38 per kg of live weight or CZK 42.90 per kg of carcass weight.
External trade in live animals and meat
According to preliminary results, external trade in live animals in the period from June to August 2012 expressed in live weight showed a positive balance for cattle (16 002 tonnes) and for poultry (7 442 tonnes), and a negative balance for pigs (−944 tonnes). The trade with live pigs did not change distinctly year-on-year. In total 155 842 heads (+3.3%) were imported and 51 726 heads (−0.8%) were exported. The growing trend in imports of pigs up to 50 kg continued (129.2 thous. heads with average weight 24.9 kg; +7.2%). Exports of pigs above 50 kg prevailed (42.8 thous. heads with average weight 113.0 kg), although their exports decreased by 2.8% compared with Q3 2011. The main partners in imports of pigs were Germany (35%), Denmark (34%), Slovakia (14%) and the Netherlands (13%), while exports went mainly to Slovakia (50%) and Hungary (44%).
External trade in meat was negatively balanced in all categories; the deficit amounted to 3 029 tonnes of beef, 49 849 tonnes of pigmeat, and 16 902 tonnes of poultry meat. Imports of pigmeat accounted for 59 433 tonnes (+4.8%), while its exports were only 9 584 tonnes (−0.2%). Pigmeat was imported mainly from Germany (44%), Belgium (10%) and other countries with less than 10% shares; it was exported to Slovakia (87%).
Tuesday October 30, 2012/Czech Statistical Office/ Czech Republic.