Decline in Danish pig herd continues in July

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

As of the 1 July 2022, the Danish pig population stood at 12.2 million, 7.5% fewer than the same point a year ago according to Statistics Denmark. This continues the downward trend seen since October 2021, and marks the smallest Danish pig herd since April 2019.

Table showing a breakdown of the Danish pig population as at 1 July 2022


All categories of pigs saw a decline on the year; the number of breeding pigs shrunk by 6.5%, and the number of slaughter pigs contracted by 8.2%. Prices for finished pigs in Europe have largely moved sideways of late, while high input costs continue to severely challenge profitability. 

Chart showing quarterly change in the Danish pig herd, to Q3 2022


The EU Commission forecasts EU pig meat production will decline by nearly 5% in 2022, pressured by high input costs, environmental concerns, reduced exports and ASF.

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