Northern Irish pig herd unchanged in 2016

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As at the 1 December 2016, the total pig herd in Northern Ireland increased very slightly to 534,500 head, from 533,400 in the previous year, according to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland.

Although this is around 10% lower than the 595,100 recorded in the June census, this is the normal seasonal development between the two surveys.

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The total female breeding herd was also relatively stable at 43,800 head. The other pig category, which includes piglets, weaners, finishers and cull sows, increased by 9% on the year to 8,100 head. Similar growth in this category was recorded the previous year. Despite little change to the breeding herd in December, the number of maiden gilts recorded actually decreased by 9% on the year to 4,700, also continuing the trend from the previous year. This may be an early indication that the NI pig herd will contract.

Duncan Wyatt- Lead Analyst

duncan.wyatt@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8856