The number of pigs decreased by 4% in the last six months, their number not reaching 3 million on 1 June. The stock was 229 thousand (7%) lower than one year earlier. The decrease was the combined effect of the growing quantity of pork imported from abroad and high fodder prices. The number of breeding sows (205 thousand) fell by 15 thousand over one year.
The number of pigs varied between 3 million and 5.3 million in the past ten years, furthermore, it was below 3.5 million from December 2008. 72% of the pig stock is held by agricultural enterprises and 28% by private holdings. The respective shares one and two years before were 70% and 30%. Pig farming in households, in majority back at the beginning of the 1990s, lost in importance year by year: the number of pigs kept in households fell below one million from June 2009.
The pig stock of agricultural enterprises was down by 102 thousand (5%), and that of private holdings by 127 thousand (14%) during the last 12 months. The number of breeding sows decreased by 7 thousand in case of agricultural enterprises and by 9 thousand in case of private holdings from June 2011.
The procurement price of pigs for slaughter, piglets for slaughter and young pigs for slaughter rose by 23%, 46% and 24% respectively in the first 5 months of the year compared to the same period of 2011. The sales price of feedingstuffs for pigs was 2% higher in the first 5 months of 2012 than one year before.
In the first 5 months of 2012 average market prices grew compared to the same period of 2011: the price of piglets and young pigs became 39% and 31% higher respectively, while that of fattening pigs was up by 29%.
August 2012/ Hungarian Central Statistical Office/ Hungary.