We use cookies

By using www.agricultureandfood.co.uk, you agree to the use of cookies. We use cookies to improve usability and for website statistics. You can read more about our privacy and cookie policy here.

Danish pig breeding herd down

The latest census data showed that overall pig numbers were stable but a small decline in the breeding herd was recorded. The outlook for the remainder of 2012 will be affected by the number of producers chosing to exit the industry rather than make the investments to comply with the new EU regulations from January 2013.

The April census showed a small increase in the overall number of pigs in Denmark, however the breeding herd continued to decline with sow numbers 1% below the level of January 2011. Sow numbers are a vital indicator of the future availability of pigs. 

‘000 head 2012 2011 2012 % Change
 Apr
Apr
Jan
12 vs 11
Piglets  2,443 2,462 2,456  -1
Weaners  5,155 5,156 5,337  n/c
Finishers 
3,125
3,053
3,299
+2
Boars 11 9 11  +22 
Sows
1,023
1,034
1,036
-1
Total 11,960 11,932 12,348 n/c
     
Source : Danmarks Statistik

During the first quarter of 2012, 5.2 million pigs were slaughtered in Denmark, a drop from the 2011 level, but corresponding to numbers slaughtered in 2010.


Danish Pig Slaughterings
Jan – Mar (m. head)

  2012 2011 2010
Total  5.2  5.6  5.2 
   
Source : Danmarks Statistik

Exports of weaners showed a small increase on the high level recorded in the first quarter of 2011 but exports of finishers showed little change on the previous year.

Danish Live Pig Exports
Jan – Mar (m.head)

  2012  2011  2010 
Weaners  2.2 2.1 1.8 
Finishers
 
0.1
0.1
0.3
Total  2.3  2.2  2.1 

Source : Danmarks Statistik

The production outlook for the remainder of 2012 will be be influenced by the number of producers chosing to exit the industry rather than make the necessary investments to comply with the new EU legislation, which will ban the use of traditional sow stalls from January 2013. A number of producers have signalled their intentions to leave the industry but it is expected that these will tend to be the smaller scale operators.