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More Sows But Fewer Slaughter Pigs in Denmark

04 September 2014

DENMARK - The latest Danish statistics reveal that there were just under 12.5 million pigs in the country in July 2014, which is an increase of two per cent on the previous year but a slightly larger breeding herd compensates for a fall in grower-finishers.

According to Denmark's official statistics from July 2014 reported by the German meat association, VDF, the total Danish pigs count was 12.47 million - 217,000 animals or two per cent more than the same period last year.

The number of breeding sows increased by 15,000 (+1 per cent) at 1.254 million. There were more pregnant older sows (600,000; +2 per cent) and pregnant gilts (195,000; +1 per cent), while the count of non-pregnant gilts was down by one per cent at 199,000.

The number of piglets (weighing less than 20kg) was up by four per cent or 140,000 animals at just under 2.6 million - which was attributed to increases in the breeding herd and average sow productivity.

However, 162,000 more pigs under 50kg were destined for export in July than the year before, bringing this category's total to 5.519 million. The increase over the year amounted to three per cent. The main markets for Denmark's live piglets are Germany and Poland.

As a result, the number of slaughter pigs in Denmark on 1 July stood at 3.095 million - 64,000 animals or two per cent less than 12 months previously.

Jackie Linden

Jackie Linden

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