Pig farm structures still vary across EU
There are still considerable differences between the structures of pig farms in the Member States of the European Union, according to recently published figures from the 2013 Farm Structure Survey.
Over half the EU’s pig farms are in Romania, with most being very small ‘backyard farms’. In most major producing countries, however, large farms are the norm. Around three-quarters of the EU’s pigs are on holdings with 1,000 or more pigs. Over time, the trend has been towards fewer, larger farms, with a higher proportion of pigs on specialist pig farms.
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