2012: Pig Population Drops in Malta, Rises in Gozo04 April 2013
MALTA - Last year, Malta's pig population went down 2.3 per cent compared to the year before.
TimesofMalta.com reports that, according to the National Statistics Office, in December 2012, total pig population was 45,209 heads. Increases of 8.5 and 4.8 per cent in the number of young pigs and breeding stock were mitigated by drops of 9.8 and 4.5 per cent in the number of fattening pigs and piglets.
According to the newspaper, the census revealed that 111 holdings (-4.3 per cent) were engaged in pig production. Of these, 64.9 per cent raised less than 400 pigs but accounted for 24.4 per cent of total stock, or 11,052 heads. Holdings that raised 400 pigs or more accounted for 34,157 pigs, or 75.6 per cent of the total pig population.
On a regional level, the pig population decreased by 3.6 per cent in Malta but increased by 16.1 per cent in Gozo and Comino.
Overall, 41,748 pigs, or 92.3 per cent, were located in Maltese farms, with the Western District accounting for 37.6 per cent. In Gozo and Comino, the pig population amounted to 3,461 head, or 7.7 per cent of the total stock.
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