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Danish Herd Relatively Stable

by 5m Editor
29 May 2003, at 12:00am

DENMARK - Although total pig numbers were down two per cent compared with a year ago, the number of heavy slaughter pigs distorted the figure. Omitting these leaves an unchanged herd number.

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The Danish April 2003 pig survey results show a relatively stable herd. Although total pig numbers were down two per cent compared with a year ago, the number of heavy slaughter pigs distorted the figure; many were slaughtered early for the Easter trade and there were eight per cent fewer on farm than in April 2002.

If slaughter pigs weighing over 50kg are omitted from the survey results, then the herd is unchanged at 9.3 million head. The fact that the survey shows in-pig gilt and maiden gilt numbers up one and five per cent respectively could be indicative of producer confidence.

However, it may also reflect replacement policy, as producers are required to apply sanitary measures against disease. Overall, a one per cent rise in gross indigenous pig slaughterings is forecast for 2003.

Source: Meat and Livestock Commission - May 29th 2003

5m Editor