Pig slaughter declines in France during first 10 months of 2013
French agriculture agency also reports increase in pig meat exports, drop in imports
Pig slaughter in France declined during the first ten months of 2013, both in terms of the number of heads slaughtered and in terms of total weight. According to the most recent data released by the French Agricultural Statistics Service (AGRESTE), the number of heads slaughtered during the first ten months of 2013 declined by 1.7 percent, while the total weight of pigs slaughtered has declined 1.1 percent.AGRESTE also reported that during the first ten months of 2013, French pig meat exports increased by nearly 7,000 metric tons, a 14 percent uptick. Pig meat imports into France dropped about 600 metric tones, a 1.2 percent decrease.