German pig herd falls – but the inventory rises

September 2012

The front page of the September issue deals with numbers arsing form the latest German pig herd census – sow numbers are down but the number of pigs is up: productivity and live pig imports explain this. The latest census results for the North American herd and the Canadian herd are also discussed in the issue and productivity seems to be rising in these countries too. The charts o the  Global Pig Price Index  illustrate  that the global pig price cycle is holding  up – Europe’s prices seem to be the key support.  Pig prices are flying off the charts in the EU and our charts show this clearly.

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