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European Pig Herd Still in Decline

by 5m Editor
24 September 2009, at 8:36am

EU - The European pig herd is continuing to fall. Even though it is falling at a much slower rate, it means British prices will stay higher for longer.

The European breeding herd dropped one per cent between May 2008 and May 2009.

Belgium and France are both down over 2 per cent, Hungary is down nearly 7 per cent and Poland is down nearly 4 per cent.

Bucking the trend are Denmark, up 3.2 per cent; United Kingdom, up 5 per cent; and Holland up 1.7 per cent.

Gilts-not-yet-covered data from national surveys suggest the decline is continuing throughout 2009 — down over 6 per cent in Germany, 8.5 per cent in Spain and 4 per cent in France, but up 13.8 per cent in Holland. The Dutch herd defied gravity throughout most of the 2007-08 feed price cisis.

The following is based on returns from the May surveys of 14 European Union member countries:

Total pigs: -1 per cent
Piglets -1.2 per cent
Young pigs -2.6 per cent
Sows -1 per cent
Mated sows -0.5 per cent.