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UK/EU Pig Populations - June 2009

by 5m Editor
25 June 2009, at 12:00am

The figures for the November/December 2008 census of pig numbers in EU countries are not yet complete but the latest available figures are tabulated by Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite.

The latest report from the UK's Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) was published at the end of June 2009, and the data is shown in the table below. Not all the data are yet available from the pig census scheduled to be carried out in all EU countries in November/December 2008.

For further detail and comment on the 2008 figures, click here to go to our previous report. The only changes from the data published in April this year are for Germany: the figures for its May/June 2008 census have been revised downwards by 78,000 pigs in total and by 10,000 sows.

Pig populations in the European Union, 2008 (thousand head)
April May/June August November/
December (p)
Total pigs Breeding sows Total pigs Breeding sows Total pigs Breeding sows Total pigs Breeding sows
European Union 27 (b) of which n/a n/a
Germany 26,687 2,368 26,719 2,296
Spain 24,639 2,530 25,421 2,421 26,290 2,542
Poland 15,687 1,423 15,425 1,367 14,242 1,279
France 14,654 1,210 14,796 1,201
Denmark 12,186 1,296 12,352 1,303 12,195 1,289
Netherlands 12,029 1,101 11,900 1,050 11,735 1,025
Italy 9,285 747 9,252 756
Romania 4,980 377 5,554 368 6,174 376
Belgium n/a n/a n/a n/a
United Kingdom 4,655 481 4,550 488
All other Member States n/a n/a
(p) = provisional
n/a = Figures not yet available
There is only one common period for pig population surveys across the EU, i.e. November/December. However, the main pig-producing Member States must survey their pig populations at least twice each year, with no more than six months between survey dates.
The Eurostat definition of breeding sows includes sow and gilts in pig, other sows for breeding and intended gilts.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

Further Reading

- You can view information on pig meat production in the UK and the EU by clicking here.


June 2009