Preliminary results of the latest livestock census published by the Federal Bureau of Statistics show that in Germany there are fewer cattle and pig farms. As of May 3, 2012 there were 30,100 farms with more than 50 pigs or more than 10 sows. This means that in just one year, about 1,600 swine producers (about 5%) have ceased production.
This increase was even more prominent in the case of pig farms, whose average number of animals per farm increased by 77 heads in a year, reaching 921 pigs in May 2012.
The federal agency stresses, however, that if small establishments not considered in the census in question were included (farms with less than 50 pigs or fewer than 10 sows were no counted), the average number of pigs per farm would significantly increase.
The Federal Bureau of Statistics reports that in May 2012 in Germany there were 27.71 million pigs which, compared to last year’s census, represents an increase of approximately 951,000 animals (+3.6%), although, upon changing the method of census, the figures are not reliably comparable.
Thursday July 19, 2012/ MAGRAMA/ Spain.