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Republic slaughter increase fails to stop exports to NI

In the first four months of this year, pig slaughterings in licensed export plants in the Republic of Ireland amounted to just under 910,000, or an average of 53,509 pigs a week.

This is an increase of almost 4,500 pigs a week, or 9pc compared with the same period last year when the average per week was 49,023. However, there has been no reduction in the live export of pigs for slaughter in Northern Ireland -- in fact these have increased slightly (see table 2, below).

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