The Danish pig industry has pledged to cut exports of piglets in a bid to boost Denmark's economic growth and increase pig production in the country.
Producers, processors and the food industry vowed to increase slaughter pig production in Denmark by two million over the next two years, helping bring an extra DKK3bn (£323m) to the country's economy and providing 3,000 more jobs.
Signing the 'Herning Declaration' during the Pig Congress in Herning, Denmark, 23 October, the industry said it wanted to increase efficiencies and help reduce risk for producers by seeing them take more control of the production chain.
Increasing slaughter pig production would also help the country increase its export market to lucrative emerging economies such as China, he added.
Denmark currently exports a container of pork products to the Chinese market every hour, seven days a week.
Exports of pigmeat to China could match the current value of piglet exports to Germany, which currently stand at about DKK2.4bn (£26m) to the industry, he added.
Sunday October 28, 2012/ Farmers Weekly/ United Kingdom.