AHDB Pig Market Weekly
14 November 2016
Danish pig herd in decline
The number of pigs in Denmark on 1 October was 4% lower than a year before, according to new figures from Statistics Denmark. There were reductions across all categories of pigs. This included the breeding herd, with a fall of 3% in the number of sows, with a similar decline for in-pig sows and gilts. This is likely to be sufficient to ensure that fewer piglets are produced in the coming months, keeping supplies relatively tight through the first half of 2017, at least. The number of maiden gilts was also lower, albeit by just 1%, suggesting that higher prices over the summer weren’t enough to make producers sufficiently optimistic to expand again.
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