According to data published by the GPP, the number of pigs slaughtered during the first quarter of this year increased by 6% compared to the same period in 2015 (1,384,315 heads in 2016 vs. 1,306,373 in 2015.)
These figures are broken down into 1,132,581 fattening pigs (+2,9%), 242,598 piglets (24%) and 9,136 sows (−10%).
Slaughter weights also increased in both classes, with an increase of 4.6% in fattening pigs and 25.5% in piglets.
With regards to trade, imports of pork fell by 7.7% and exports increased by 12% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. By volume, imports amounted to 55,780 t (60,412 in 2015) and exports amounted to 19,086 t (17,046 t in 2015.)
Monday, May 23, 2016/ Boletim SIMA Informação Semanal/ Portugal.