EU pig 2014 increased slightly - but with regional differences

Development of the herds in selected EU Member States

Pig census results in the vast majority of the EU Member States concluded with the month of Dec 2014 2013 provided an inventory increase on average by 1.2% compared with the previous year. Almost 90% of EU stocks were recorded by the evaluation.

For the sow inventory resulted in a 0.5% increase in the average of the evaluated countries.

However, the developments in the various regions run very differently.

The two largest herds are in Germany with rd 28 million animals and in Spain with pigs rd 26 million.  Both countries together have about 35% of EU Schweinebestandes. While increasing the German stock only to 0.35%, an increase of 4.1% was determined for Spain.

In the ranking of 3, France stands with approximately 13 million pigs. But the French pig farming is declining for years. -1% for 2014 confirmed once again decline.

After years of inventory losses up to 35% since accession to the EU 2014 falters in the years Poland his herds in the years 2014 to rd.  2.5% back on. However, the growth process not of duration should be. If the economy is again close, the stagnation process again strengthened, because the existing structures are not competitive.

After several years of decline, Denmark again tops up its herds for 2014 to 2.5%. Strangely however identified a sow inventory decreased by 1%. This development is not in the trend of Danish pig farming due to the unique favor of the sow housing due to scarce space facilities.

The Netherlands are facing the same problem of scarce land availability. The Dutch but primarily increase their stock of sows to 1% while the total pig numbers only by 0.4% to.

The many other small countries with pig fall Romania, Bulgaria and Lithuania with each - 5% stock reduction on.

Given the expected difficult pig prices in the course of the year 2015 is hardly to be expected a further increase in the pig. The number of sows already point in this direction. However are in the individual regions that enforce longer-term trends, so that the focus of the EU pig emerged a further differentiation.

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