Denmark: Pig population declines sharply
Denmark

Pig population declines sharply

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There has also been a significant decline in the number of piglets in Denmark.
There has also been a significant decline in the number of piglets in Denmark.

DENMARK, Copenhagen. Not only in Germany, but also in Denmark, pig farmers are significantly reducing their herds. So far, slaughter numbers have fallen less sharply.

According to the National Statistics Office, a total of 12.18 million pigs were kept in the northern neighboring country on July 1, 2022; that was 991,000 animals or 7.5% fewer than a year earlier. A year-on-year decline of 5.2% in animal numbers had already been noted in the spring survey; now the herd has fallen to its lowest level in a July in more than a decade.

Lower animal numbers were recorded in all categories, according to the latest sample survey. The biggest relative drop was in piglets weighing 20 kg or less, down 9% to 2.51 million head. The number of runners in the weight range between 20 kg and 50 kg decreased by 6.8% to 5.66 million compared to July 2021, while the number of fattening pigs decreased by 8.2% to 2.79 million head.

According to the Copenhagen statisticians, Danish producers also noticeably reduced their sow herds. The total number of breeding females fell by 83,000 or 6.5% year-on-year to 1.19 million. The number of pregnant sows fell by 8% to 735,000, while the relative decline in the number of non-pregnant sows was half as large at 4% to 457,000.

The downsizing of the pig herd has caused the number of slaughterings in Denmark to fall quite little compared with other EU countries, at least so far. According to preliminary surveys, slaughter volumes from January to mid-July were down 0.9 % compared with the same period last year, according to the umbrella organization for the agri-food industry (Landbrug & Fødevarer, L&F). However, the weaker "supply" of pigs is expected to lead to more significant declines in slaughterings and thus in Danish pork production by the end of the year. However, this also depends on the development of live pig exports.

Source: fleischwirtschaft.de; AgE

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