The pig population in Germany, one of Europe’s pig heavyweights, has shrunk by a fifth in just two years, highlighting the hurdles facing the region’s ranchers.
Around 21.3 million pigs were being kept on German farms as of November 3, government data showed on Wednesday. That’s 10% down from last year and 18% down from 2020. The drop was caused by rising feed, fertilizer and energy bills, according to the report.
Rising costs have pushed meat prices to record highs across the continent. More than a third of Europeans are reducing red meat compared to 2020, a survey published by Aarhus University and EIT Food shows.
Exports have also been sluggish and European meat production is likely to fall further next year, Rabobank said in a report this month. Cattle farmers are also struggling with animal disease outbreaks, with bird flu causing the loss of millions of poultry and Germany struggling to contain cases of African swine fever.
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/news/farming-news/germanys-pig-herd-shrinks-by-a-fifth-in-just-two-years-42237517.html Germany’s pig population has shrunk by a fifth in just two years