The report, which was released at this year’s Pig Congress in Herning, Denmark, predicted that “significant structural developments” would result in further consolidation of the industry, with the number of pig farms expected to fall to just over 2,200 in 2022, but the number of sows due to increase by 50,000 to 1,086,000.
It added that improvements to productivity would boost piglet production to 36.4m and finisher production to 23.8m in 2022.
”Every 10 years, the number of our farms is halved and there are no signs that this trend will not continue,” said the chairman of the Danish Pig Research Centre, Lindhart B Nielsen. “We don’t regard this structural development as in any way negative. On the contrary, it reflects the fact that pig farms are keeping pace with market developments and becoming more specialised and efficient.”
However, Nielsen stressed that increased productivity, greater cost efficiency, better access to finance, better use of technology and more innovative approaches were necessary to ensure that Danish pig producers could maintain their edge in a competitive international market.
“If politicians do not create a better business environment in Denmark very soon, we will risk ending up as a “nursery” and millions of pigs and jobs will simply flow out of the country,” he said.
He added that he hoped politicians would act to help improve production capacity and increase the number of finished pigs in Denmark to more than the 4m predicted by the report.
”Fortunately we have received clear indications from both the new Minister for Business and Growth and the Minister for Food that they are committed to pig production in Denmark. And if the recommendations from the Nature and Agricultural Commission and the Government’s Growth Team for Food materialise, I believe we can look forward to a far more positive growth scenario than our structural analysis indicates,” he said.