Danish piglets are more economic in the stall phase of pork production, but on balance the financial advantages disappear.
This is the conclusion of a practical study carried out between 2006 and 2007 by the Chamber of Agriculture of the state of Lower Saxony in Germany (Landwirtschaftskamer Niedersachsen), whereby productivity results of piglets imported from Denmark were compared with those of local farms in the province.
Danish piglets have a better feed conversion rate and grow faster. However, at the end of the day, earnings per slaughter pig are lower. The difference in earnings revealed an advantage of €2,19 for each German pig.
The German researchers came to the conclusion that the Danish pigs perform badly in classification in the slaughterhouses. Those which are badly sorted in the slaughterhouses can lead to a disadvantage of €0.10 per kilo slaughterweight.