Danish Pig herd growing at rapid pace
Figures from the Central Statistics Office in
Copenhagen show that the Danish pig herd is growing at a very rapid pace as
cited in the Dutch newspaper Agrarisch Dagbladtoday.
As of October 1, the pig population in the stalls amounted to 4 million head
- a growth of 8% or 312,000 more than the same period in 2006.
The total pig herd grew to more than 14 million head. The number of sows has
Background to this huge growth, is a backlog
at the slaughter company Danish Crown as a result of two big fires. It is
reported that the company, which usually slaughters 90% of the pigs in its
domestic market, is also undergoing employee conflict issues.
To solve the capacity problem, Danish Crown has sold some pigs to the German
slaughter industry with 60 loads per week next month being transported instead
of the current 50.
â€¢ Central Statistics Office
â€¢ Danish Crown
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