Irish pig herd increases

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

The total number of pigs in Ireland in June 2021 increased by almost 4% compared to year earlier levels, according to data from the Central Statistics Office Ireland.

There was significant growth in the breeding herd, with numbers rising to 151,900 head. This is the largest size recorded on the June survey since 2011. There was a large rise in the number of maiden gilts following the low numbers recorded this time last year. The number of fattening pigs has also significantly increased.

Overall, the figures suggest Irish pork production will be supported in the medium term subject to available slaughter capacity. Across Northwestern Europe there are reports of Covid-19 outbreaks causing staff shortages at abattoirs of all species.

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