Research undertaken in 2010 indicated that 70% of Danish producers now comply with EU legislation effective from January 2013, which will ban the use of traditional stalls for pregnant sows. The administrative obstacles for those producers planning to make the necessary adjustments to their production were recently simplified with the introduction of a new ‘notification scheme’ to replace the current onerous approval procedures.
As opposed to usual practice, Danish producers now have only to report the changes they intend to make to their systems to be 2013 compliant rather than wait for such changes to be approved by the authorities. As The Nature and Environmental Appeals Board has now pledged to handle all 2013 cases this year, this will make the process much easier for those planning to make the necessary investments.
Recent estimates from the European Pig Selection and Production Association suggest that several Member States still have a long way to go in order to comply with the new deadlines, and the difficult economic situation must make full compliance extremely unlikely.
% of production:
- Denmark 70
- Holland 70
- Germany (North) 60-65
- Germany (South) 30-40
- France 30
- Italy 30
- Spain 25
November 2011/ Landbrug Fodevaren/ Denmark.