Shipments were up 12% year-on-year in the Netherlands in 2008, with a total of 3.7 million pigs exported, according to German markets and price reporting agency, ZMP.
85% of exports were destined for Germany, 270 000 more than the 2007 total. Exports to Hungary and Poland also increased in substantial numbers, with Poland seeing a ten-fold increase and exports to Hungary quadrupled. Italy, however saw a 50% drop in Dutch exports and Belgium acquired bought 60% less pigs from the Netherlands than in 2007.
Dutch piglet exports fell by around 2.5% to 4.9 million head, with Germany buying around half of total. By contrast, exports to Poland almost doubled to reach 508 000 head due to the declining pig herd in the eastern European country.