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Meat and Poultry Values Exceed €7 Million

by 5m Editor
6 March 2009, at 9:34am

MALTA - Poultry meat production rose by 4.5 per cent cent year, although the number of birds slaughtered was down slightly.

The number of cows slaughtered for meat rose by 16.7 per cent last year, according to the latest statistics. Even pig slaughter increased by 3.1 per cent but chicken slaughter dropped by 0.5 per cent.

Curiously, the overall weight of both cows and pigs fell by 4.4 per cent and by 5.3 per cent respectively, although the weight of chickens rose by five per cent. As a result, beef and poultry production rose by 11.5 per cent and by 4.5 per cent, respectively, but pork production fell by 2.3 per cent.

The overall value of beef, pork and poultry together rose by 11.2 per cent to €7.1 million, reports Times of Malta.com.