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Danish pig numbers up in April

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According to the April census results published by Statistics Denmark, total pig numbers increased to 12.3 million head. This was 2% higher compared with the second quarter of 2013. The breeding herd remained almost unchanged, with a marginal fall in the total number of breeding pigs.

According to the April census results published by Statistics Denmark, total pig numbers increased to 12.3 million head. This was 2% higher compared with the second quarter of 2013. A 4% increase in the number of weaners (less than 50kg) was the main contributor to the overall rise. However, given the continuation of growth in weaner exports, this failed to fully translate into higher number of slaughter pigs, which were only up 1% year on year. Given the fall in Polish and German sow numbers, which continued last year, and the outbreak of ASF earlier this year, exports of weaners are likely to continue in the near future; they were up 3% in the first two months of 2014.

Danish pig numbers up in April

The breeding herd remained almost unchanged, with a marginal fall in the total number of breeding pigs. Sows and gilts in-pig both fell 1% compared with March 2013. However, the number of maiden gilts recorded increased by 2% year on year, indicating some positivity for the coming months. Despite a stable breeding herd, the piglet count reached 2.6 million head. This was 1% higher than the same period in the previous year, showing a continued growth in productivity.