Declines in EU’s breeding and finishing pig herds
The latest provisional figures from Eurostat show a decline in both the breeding and finishing herd on an EU level in the year to June 2016.
Declines of 2% were recorded in the total pig herd, while the breeding herd was back 4%. It would seem as though the weak pig market in 2015 has taken its toll on European pig numbers, with producers rationalising their herds because of poor profitability in 2015 and into early 2016.
Spain remains in pole position with the largest breeding herd in Europe, although this was back 1% on the year earlier. Declines in breeding sow numbers were recorded among the majority of Member States. The same pattern was observed in the total pig herds of Member States.
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