Lower Danish Pigmeat Production Anticipated

DENMARK - Following an 8 per cent increase over the last four years, Danish pigmeat production is expected to decline marginally to 26.7 million head according to the Danish Meat Association (DMA). However, a further 13 per cent rise in exports of piglets to six million head will reduce meat plant supplies by 4 per cent to 19.7 million head.
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Piglet exports have almost increased three fold since 2004 reflecting the increased land requirement for slurry disposal, which has increased production costs in Denmark. Germany is the principal export market for Danish piglets.

According to DMA, EU pig supplies are expected to fall by more than two per cent to 250.7 million head in 2009. The greatest decline is expected in the first quarter of 2009, with supplies down by more than 3 per cent to 63 million head compared to the corresponding quarter in 2008. Supplies in the second and fourth quarters are both expected to fall by 2 per cent with the rate of decline in the third quarter expected to be slightly less. The largest fall is anticipated in Eastern Europe.

The latest figures published by the Polish Statistical Office highlight the decline in pig production anticipated for 2009. In November 2008, total Polish pig numbers were 19 per cent lower with sow numbers decreased down by almost 20 per cent.

Reduced production combined with anticipated stable consumption levels combined with a competitive global pigmeat market are expected to lead to EU pigmeat exports easing by almost 20 per cent in 2009 to 2.05 million tonnes.

Pig Production in Denmark (million head)
Image: Danish Meat Association

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