The steepening decline in pig slaughtering is readily discernible in British bacon and ham production. Year on year total production has been in decline throughout the year (see graph). With cumulative kill figures to the end of September showing a 12.4% y-o-y decline, competition between curers and butchers is fiercer. The only upturn in the graph is the beginning of a lift in the intake of imported raw material for curing in the UK. However, given the fact that these are weight-based figures and that ham makers are also looking for legs, the greater share of this rise will be legs rather than backs. {{PROVISIONS }}

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