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Polish pig herd is noticeably reduced

Polish pig producers have reduced their pig numbers quite sharply.

The latest count in December 2007 revealed a herd of 17.6 million pigs, which represents less than one million animals or 6% less than a year previously.

Sow and piglet numbers have decreased even more on account of the poor economic climate among sow producers.

The number of bearing sows has been reduced by 13% representing 3 million less sows.

A yearly slaughter of around 24 million slaughter pigs is expected, representing a 10% decrease in slaughter pigs. These figures have been calculated on the basis that the domestic gap is not filled by foreign imports.

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