The European pig census data for the month of December 2011 show a reduction 2.4% of the swine population compared with December 2010. This decrease is more important in the case of the sows, reaching 4.7 percent.
Countries like the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Slovenia have suffered significant declines to the order of 19%, 16.8%, 15.3% and 14.6% respectively. Other countries have also observed decreases like Germany (-1.8%), France (-2.5%), Denmark (-3.7%), Ireland (-2.1%), Spain (-0 , 2%), Italy (-8%) and Hungary (-3.7%). On the other hand, also highlighted is the 5% drop in sows mated for the first time and 7% in unmated sows.
In the case of Spain, reductions of the swine population in general, as well as mated sows have been mild, with a decrease of 0.3% of the pig population and decreases of 0.3% in sows, although the decrease in gilts mated for the first time has been more significant; 4.1%.
Monday February 27, 2012/ NPA/ United Kingdom.