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Fourth Quarter Meat Production Down

6 March 2013, at 9:51am

MALTA – Fourth quarter meat production fell by three per cent but was met with rising producer value, according to the National Statistics Office.

Meat production fell to 3,093 tonnes over the period.

Pork output, which dropped by 12 per cent, led the decline despite 22.3 per cent increases in beef production and six per cent rise in chicken meat output.

The noted beef increase was due to a 17.4 per cent rise in slaughtering. Pig slaughtering fell by 2,837 head although carcasses were 0.9 per cent heavier.

Broiler meat production went up six per cent as a result of carcass rates increasing 6.3 per cent, which mitigated slight slaughter number drops.

Value of meat animals amounted to €6.9 million, up 9.1 per cent on the fourth quarter in 2011.