According to information published in the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture's foreign affairs newsletter, based on the latest data from Germany's Federal Statistics Office (Destatis), the number of cattle and pig farmers in Germany has fallen.
On May 3, 2015 there was a total of 25,900 livestock farms with more than 50 pigs or 10 sows, which means that 4.4% of farmers quit animal husbandry last year. The biggest drop affected sow farms, with a 5.7% decrease, bringing the total of sow farms to 9,900 holdings, below the 10,000 threshold for the first time.
On the other hand, the number of animals per farm has increased by 50 animals (+ 5%) to the average number of 1,087 pigs per farm, while the average number of sows increased to 205 per farm, seven animals more per farmer than the previous year.
Thursday, July 9, 2015 / MAGRAMA / Spain.