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German Pig Slaughter Slips 0.8% in First Half as Poultry Climbs

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Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Pig slaughtering in Germany, the European Union’s largest pork consumer, slipped 0.8 percent in the six months through June, the first decline in seven years.

The number of butchered pigs slipped by 237,000 to 28.8 million, falling for the first time since 2005, the office wrote in a statement on its website today. Pork production fell 1.1 percent to 2.7 million metric tons, the report showed.

Poultry meat production rose by 12,700 tons, or 1.8 percent, to a record 713,000 tons, the statistics office said. Cattle slaughter declined by 4,300 animals, or 0.2 percent, to 1.8 million, while beef production slipped 4,400 tons, or 0.8 percent, to 556,000 tons.

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