After several years of slow slaughter pig production in Denmark, Danish Crown is adjusting the slaughtering capacity at its facility in Ringsted, on the Danish island of Zealand. The Board of Directors of DC Pork on March 13 recommended that much of the slaughtering capacity at the slaughterhouse in Ringsted be closed down over the summer of 2015.
The plan is that capacity at the slaughterhouse be reduced by approximately
15,000 slaughter pigs a week, an adjustment that will affect about 280
“For some time now, we have been transporting slaughter pigs across Denmark to
utilize capacity in Ringsted, which is not a sensible solution. Basically, not
enough pigs are being produced on Zealand at the moment to warrant a
slaughterhouse of this size,” explained Søren F. Eriksen, Danish Crown vice president,
Danish slaughter pig production is continuing to fall, which translates into
surplus capacity at Danish Crown’s slaughterhouses in Denmark.
“The only sensible way of cutting capacity is by closing down whole units, and
in fact this is the first time that we are closing down half a slaughterhouse.
However, the Ringsted facility is designed in such a way that it now runs more
slaughter lines than other slaughterhouses. Therefore it is possible to
physically remove two of the slaughter lines and thereby also realize savings
related to maintenance and other overheads. At the end of the day, it is all
about ensuring that the owners are paid the best possible price for their pigs
so that we can continue to slaughter pigs in Denmark,” said Eriksen.
Closing the two slaughter lines will be a two-step process – the first step
being taken in mid-June, and the second in mid-September. Should slaughter pig
production start growing again on Zealand, this solution will make it possible
to increase capacity at the slaughterhouse – possibly by introducing an evening
In accordance with the agreements in connection with job cuts, a job bank will
be established and social plans drawn up for each employee affected by the
on March 18, 2015