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Unprecedented Drop in Pig Numbers

by 5m Editor
16 March 2009, at 8:44am

EU - The total European Union breeding herd fell by an unprecedented six per cent compared with a year earlier, according to December census results. Slaughter pigs are down five per cent.

"Record feed costs throughout Europe in the year to mid-2008 had a significant impact on pig numbers," reports BPEX economist Tony Fowler. "Declines were recorded in every member state except Italy, although the most marked contractions were seen in eastern European countries.

"These results indicate that European Union pigmeat production will remain well down on year earlier levels, at least through to mid-2009 and possibly through to the end of the year."