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Maltese Meat Production Increases

10 September 2013

MALTA - Meat production and the producer values in Malta rose by 7.4 and 22.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2013, compared the same period last year.

Official govenment figures saw meat production advanced by 7.4 per cent to 2,836 tonnes during the second quarter of 2013.

This was brought about by an increase in the production of beef, pig meat and broiler meat by 11.6, 9.0 and 4.3 per cent respectively.

The increase in beef and pig meat production resulted from a 7.4 and 4.9 per cent rise in the number of head slaughtered.

Broiler meat production went up by 4.3 per cent as a result of a 13.3 per cent rise in the average carcase weight, although the number of slaughtered broilers declined by 7.9 per cent.

The producer value of animals slaughtered at licensed slaughterhouses in the period reached to €6.5 million, or 22.4 per cent more, when compared to the second quarter of 2012.

This was mainly brought about by an increase in average prices obtained for slaughtered pigs and broilers.

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