Canadian pig numbers up
Canadian pig herd on 1 July increased by 1% on a year earlier.
According to the latest figures published by Statistics Canada, the size of the Canadian pig herd on 1 July had increased by 1% on a year earlier, to 12.9 million head. As such, the impact of the PEDv outbreak was not as evident in the overall Canadian pig numbers as it has been in the US. The breeding herd also recorded an expansion, being up 1% compared with 1 July 2013.
Although most categories recorded increases, the number weighing less than 23kg came down by 1% on the year before. It is possible that this partly resulted from PEDv leading to some piglet and weaner deaths. However, the results showed that the number of sows farrowed fell by 2% in the first half of this year compared with the same period in 2013, although this may also have been influenced by PEDv. Consequently, the pig crop declined by 1% on a year earlier but farrowings in the second half of the year are expected to increase marginally compared with both the first half of the year and a year earlier.