Denmark More pigs thanks to improved profitability

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
While Denmark was able to further increase its piglet exports, pork exports to the EU market decreased.
Photo: imago images / Ritzau Scanpix
While Denmark was able to further increase its piglet exports, pork exports to the EU market decreased.

More pigs are being fattened in Denmark again. Production will therefore increase this year.
For the first time since autumn 2018, Danish pig farmers have increased their herds of pigs compared to the previous year's count. According to the Danish Umbrella Organisation of the Agricultural and Food Industry (Landbrug & Fødevarer, L&F), a total of 12.73 million pigs were kept in the northern EU country on the cut-off date of 1 January 2020; this was 86,000 animals or 0.7 percent more than twelve months previously. In the four previous quarters, the number of animals had fallen steadily compared to the respective previous year's survey.

According to the L&F, since spring 2019, higher producer prices and improved profitability of pig production have led to the moderate increase in the herd. In the individual categories, the number of piglets weighing less than 20 kg has increased by 1.3 percent to 2.61 million within a year. In contrast, the number of runners weighing between 20 and 50 kilograms fell by 0.7 percent to 5.86 million, so that there was no overall change in either category. The increase in the number of fattening pigs by 96,000 or 3.3 percent to almost three million units was responsible for the overall increase in the number of pigs.

The sow herd, on the other hand, remained largely unchanged year-on-year at 1.24 million animals. The stock of pregnant sows increased by 1.3 percent to 785,000 head, while the number of uncovered sows decreased by 1.9 percent to 459,000 head. Due to the more occupied sows and further progress in productivity, the L&F expects a "somewhat stronger increase" in pig production in Denmark in the second half of 2020.
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