Northern Irish pig herd records growth
As at June 2016, the total pig herd in Northern Ireland increased by 4% on the previous year, to 595.1 thousand head.
This is according to the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland. Junes figure is also 12% higher than that reported in December, although much of this is the normal seasonal development between the two surveys.
While most pig categories showed an upward trend, the growth in overall numbers of the pig herd was caused by an increase in the number of pigs for slaughter.
The total female breeding herd recorded an increase of 2% on the year, to 46.4 thousand head. Of this, in-pig sows were up 2%, while in-pig gilts recorded a slightly more modest increase of 1%. The number of maiden gilts only increased slightly, by 1%. This would all infer that a gradual increase in the size of the NI pig herd might occur, although movements would probably remain small.
Results from the English survey are due to be published by the end of September.
Vikki Campbell, Senior Analyst
Vikki.Campbell@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8741