Pork production in carcass weight terms in the Czech Republic’s first nine months of this year totaled 213,593 tons, a year-on-year decrease of approximately 10%.

Third quarter figures reveal that pork accounted for around half of Czech meat production during the period, with the number of pigs slaughtered 11.4% lower year-on-year, according to the Czech Statistical Office. The average carcass weight of slaughtered pigs increased by 0.7% year-on-year to 87.2 kilos in the third quarter. There were 2.13 million head of pigs on farms in the Czech Republic as of Aug. 1, 9.4% fewer than on the same date in 2008.

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The Czech Republic's foreign trade in pigs saw imports increase substantially, by 71%, year-on-year in the third quarter, while pig exports fell by 28.1%. Nearly half of all imported pigs came from Germany, with exactly half of all pig exports going to Slovakia.