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Danish pig herd declines in April census

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The Danish pig herd fell by 4.4% to total 12.2 million head as at 1 April, compared with the same period last year according to Statistic Denmark. The figures show a reduction of 3.8% in the size of the pig herd since January.

The largest declines were seen in fattening pig numbers (> 50kg) falling by 8.5% from last year. This is likely due to the strengthening of weaner export markets, with January live export figures highlighting a month on month rise of 25% (280,000 head). . This continues the long term trend in live exports, but the recent increase in particular, along with declines in sow numbers points to a reduction in Danish pig meat production in the coming months.

Piglet numbers fell 4.4% on the year whilst overall sow numbers are down 4.7% in the same period. Reductions in the breeding herd suggest continuing uncertainty for Danish pork production.