Spanish Pig Sector Continues to Grow

6 October 2015, at 12:00am

SPAIN - Spain has long had one of the EU’s largest pig sectors and the latest census results show that its share of the EU herd is increasing.

Its sow herd has been the biggest in Europe for many years and has increased further over the last two years.

During the same period, the total pig herd increased by nearly 10 per cent and is now only 4 per cent smaller than the German herd, the EU’s largest.

One of the reasons for the strong growth is that pig prices are generally at or above the EU average, while production costs are lower than its EU competitors.