Small increase in German breeding pigs
Latest data from the German Federal Statistical Office show a 1% increase in breeding pig numbers in the year to May 2014, to 2.1 million head.
Latest data from the German Federal Statistical Office show a 1% increase in breeding pig numbers in the year to May 2014, to 2.1 million head. This was a result of more in-pig sows and maiden gilts, up by 2% and 1% respectively. However, the latest figures show that the breeding herd size remained below 2012 levels. The number of piglets also increased by 1% compared with May 2013, indicating some stability in sow productivity.
Overall, the figures show that the German pig herd rose by 1% to 28.1 million head in the latest May census. It is worth noting that the small increase this year is partly a result of the low pig numbers in May 2013, reflecting the impact of the sow stall ban. In fact, the total pig numbers in May this year remained below pre-sow stall ban levels. Although pig numbers have stabilised, the number of pig farms continues to fall. The total number of farms was down 4% to 27,100, while, at 10,500, there were 6% fewer farms with breeding sows.