Pig producers in Denmark set to decline
According to Orla Pedersen, director of the research
organisation Danish Pig Production (DSP), the number of pig producers in Denmark
could fall from a current 4,500 full-time producers to a mere 1,500 by 2017 with
an additional 2,000 to 3,000 part-time producers.
Her sentiments were expressed at last week's annual DSP congress where the
atmosphere was reported as optimistic for 2008.
Looking to the future, Pedersen
suggested that producers should maybe consider increasing production of finished
slaughter pigs, while reducing their weaner output. Adhering to what she called
an "old-fashioned strategy" will protect livelihoods.
In addition, she commented that the remaining full-time producers will rely
on "networking electronically with fellow producers and specialists regarding
strategies and risk-evaluation".
Chairman of Danske Slagterier, the Danish
industry organisation for pig producers, Bent Lassen predicted a good second
half of 2008 as pigmeat prices, he believes, will rise to Dkr9.90 (€1.32) per
kilo. His prognosis is based on an increase in the number of cull sows
throughout Europe in the next few months.
â€¢ Danish Pig Production (DSP)
Slagterier (in Danish)
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