The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture has just published its report called "The pork sector in figures: major economic indicators in 2011." According to which, during the past year, pig production accounted for 34.2% of total livestock production, down 1% compared to 2010 and 12.4% of Spanish total agricultural production (up by 0.4% on 2010).
The report covers other aspects such as the number of farms, meat production or exports. In relation to the number of farms, these holdings stood at 93,007, of which 13,867are extensive, 74,855 are intensive, and 2321 are mixed enterprises. The significant decrease in total holdings, and particularly the intensive ones, was highlighted when compared with data from April 2007 with a total of 99,561 farms, of which 82,648 are intensive, while mixed enterprises have increased (from 1,813 in 2007 to 2,321 in November 2011) and outdoor have been extended slightly (13475-13867).
In relation to the census of animals, there is a slight decrease of the pig herd from the previous year with a total of 25,635 animals (25,704 in 2010). Catalonia stands as the main producing area with 26.2% of the total census in 2010 and Aragon comes in second with 21.7% of the total herd.
April 2012/ MAGRAMA/ Spain.