According to German Pig Breeders' Interest Group (ISN),
Pig slaughterings in Germany are predicted to reach a record 52.4 million head
in 2007. It is a 4.5% increase on the number slaughtered in
Due to higher average slaughter weights, net production of pig meat is
forecasted to increase by 4.8% to almost 4.9 million tonnes.
to forecasts by market reporting agency ZMP and the Federal Research Institute
(FAL), domestic consumption is likely to increase slightly, boosting exports to
a record level of 1.5mt.
In the first half of 2007, German pig
slaughterings were 6.3% - 1.6m higher than the previous year, at over 26m head.
One reason for this increase was the significant rise in imports of slaughter
pigs and weaners from the Netherlands and Denmark.
experts predict that German pig production will not expand further in the
following year - as 11% more sows have been slaughtered between January-July
2007 when compared to the same time in 2006.