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Big Drop in Danish Breeding Gilts

5 March 2012, at 8:07am

DENMARK – While the overall pig population was almost unchanged on 1 January 2012 from a year previously, there are 11 per cent fewer young animals kept for breeding than at the beginning of 2011.

Statistics Denmark has published the results of the pig census conducted on 1 January 2012. The count is based on a sample of approximately 2,500 farms.

The total population is 0.4 per cent higher than a year previously. The number of slaughter pigs over 50kg is slightly down, while the groups ‘piglets with sows’ and ‘weaned pigs under 50kg’ have increased slightly.

As for the breeding herd, the number of sows was 2.2 per lower than the first quarter of 2011. The number of gilts pregnant for the first time is down 4.4 per cent, and there has been an 11.4 per cent fall in the number of pigs over 50kg destined for the breeding herd – from 239,000 to 203,000.

Number of pigs by type and time ('000)
Category 2011–Q1 2011–Q2 2011–Q3 2011–Q4 2012–Q1
Pigs, total 12,293 11,932 12,549 12,693 12,348
Boars for breeding 11 9 9 12 11
Pigs (over 50kg) for breeding 229 211 217 211 203
Pregnant gilts to farrow for the first time 203 193 192 195 194
Other sows to farrow 604 592 605 613 595
Barren sows 40 38 38 41 41
Sows with litters 210 211 212 216 206
Piglets 2,412 2,462 2,493 2,545 2,456
Weaners under 50kg 5,204 5,156 5,417 5,441 5,337
Pigs for slaughter, >50kg 3,374 3,053 3,360 3,413 3,299
Sows and boars for slaughter 7 7 6 6 6
Seasonally adjusted total pigs 12,239 12,288 12,473 12,469 12,291