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Irish Pig Herd Expanding

10 July 2015

British Pig Executive

IRELAND - Ireland has a relatively small pig herd, with fewer than 150,000 breeding sows, but the herd has been expanding lately.

However, the country’s small population means that it is still a significant pork exporter. 

Given the UK’s proximity, much of Ireland’s exported pig meat ends up on its market; Ireland is the fourth largest supplier overall and the largest source of processed imports.

The Irish pig herd has been in expansionary mode lately, with 5 per cent more pigs slaughtered in 2014 than the previous year. In the first five months of this year, throughputs were up 7 per cent year on year.

However, with current price levels below production costs, the expansion of production may come to an end later in the year.

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