Many small sow producers have been hit badly by the recent price drops for
sows. Mainly in the intensive pig producing North-west of the country, fattening
is widespread. There is a need in this region for producing big groups of
piglets, reports the Agrarisch Dagblad.
Yearly, Germany imports around 6 million piglets. The Netherlands is
consistently lobbying the Germans to recognise the quality of Dutch piglets. The
Danish also recognise the potential of the German market as 90% of Danish piglet
exports are transported to Germany.
In a recent article in the German industry magazine, Schweinezucht und
Schweinemast, both the Danish and Dutch were given an opportunity to
discuss German piglet requirements.
Hans Aarestrup of the Danish
Svineproducenter, organisation representing interests of the Danish pig
industry, commented that, 60% of Danish sows are bred in companies with more
than 500 sows. Big companies are currently expanding further and he expects
higher health status and better technical results from these organisations in
"Although the Germans prefer piglets with a higher percentage of Piétrain
blood, the Danish will continue to use the Duroc as it delivers better results
in the fattening period and better feed conversion," he said.
Bonne van Dam, representing the Dutch
livestock export board, highlighted that 2.4 million piglets are exported yearly
to Germany from the Netherlands. "If Germany needs more piglets, we can provide
them," he stated.
However, the Netherlands still has one sore point to
contend with and that is: Aujeszky
status. Germany has article 10 status, their north-western
neighbours do not. On account of this, more blood tests have to be carried out
on Dutch piglets, which makes them more expensive.
Van Dam does point out that Dutch piglets do have a higher percentage of
Piétrain blood, which the Germans favour.
By improving the health status of its piglets, the Netherlands has vowed not
to submit to its Danish competitors.
â€¢ Agrarisch Dagblad
â€¢ Svineproducenter (in Danish)
â€¢ Schweinezucht und
Schweinemast (in German)
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