Danish pig producers raising pigs for slaughter has been in a decline in recent years. To help increase the number of pigs raised to be slaughtered, Danish Crown is offering subsidies for building new pig housing units and converting old sow stalls.
Danish Crown has set a goal of increasing total production by 10,000 pigs a week or 520,000 more pigs for slaughter a year. Under the plan, financial support is offered for two types of initiatives: for brand new buildings and for converting sow stalls.
New pig buildings subsidy
The subsidy is given for the construction of new housing units for pigs for slaughter.
The subsidy provides for a maximum of 8,000 pig produced for slaughter per facility and per cooperative member.
The subsidy will be disbursed as DKK 0.15/kg for a period of 5 years.
The subsidy program for new buildings can cover production facilities corresponding to a maximum of 260,000 pig for slaughter per year.
The subsidies will be granted to cooperative members on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The subsidy for conversion will be given to pig producers who convert piglet production units into production units for pigs for slaughter. It is a precondition that a minimum of DKK 500 is invested per pen place.
The subsidy will be paid for a maximum of 8,000 pig produced for slaughter per converted production facility and per cooperative owner.
The subsidy program for converting pig buildings can cover production facilities corresponding to a maximum of 260,000 pigs produced for slaughter a year.
The subsidy will be disbursed as DKK 0.075/kg for a period of 5 years.
The subsidies will be granted to the cooperative members on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“We find that politicians are becoming more aware of the fact that the production of pigs for slaughter makes a significant contribution to the Danish economy,” says Erik Bredholt, chairman of Danish Crown. “And if we, as a company, can help to optimize this situation – and correct a buckling trend – then it obviously makes sense to do so.”