Danish pig population shows further growth

Thursday, 4 March 2021

By Charlie Reeve

The total Danish pig population as at 1 January 2021 was 5.2% higher than a year earlier. Overall pig numbers totalled 13.4 million head, in the latest figures published by Statistics Denmark.

This increase is due to higher numbers of fattening pigs and piglets according to the Danish Agriculture & Food Council.

The number of slaughter pigs increased year-on-year by 11%, likely due to fewer pigs being exported from Denmark to Germany. This trade had been hampered by higher numbers of pigs backing up on Germany farms, due to processing capacity constraints, and so more pigs stayed in Denmark.

According to Eurostat trade data, for the year to November 2020, Danish exports of piglets to Germany fell by 241,000 head (-4%). Although, exports of pigs over 50kg and breeding animals increased by 113,000 head (+112%) and 41,000 head (+25%) respectively.

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