Pork processor Danish Crown on April 7 celebrated the milestone of slaughtering 47 million pigs at its abattoir in Horsens, Denmark.

The company is proud of accomplishing that milestone at that location that has been in existence since 205, since it took 118 years to reach that same number of pigs slaughtered at its old slaughterhouse, which closed on the same date in 2005, right after hitting the 47-million mark.

“This figure is based on a huge work effort, said Carsten Wengel, site director and associate vice president in Horsens. “A lot of hard work has been made by the dedicated employees from the beginning of the planning process 15 years ago to today, when pig No. 47 million is being slaughtered.


In the beginning, weekly slaughtering at the Horsens location was planned at 77,000 pigs, but the capacity was quickly increased. At the present time, about 100,000 pigs are slaughtered there on a weekly basis.

Danish Crown, according the WATTAgNet Top Pig Companies Database, is Europe’s largest pork company, with operations in Denmark, U.K., Sweden and Poland. The company in 2015 announced plans to enter a joint venture with German company Westfleisch. The joint venture is aimed at the deboning and sales of sow meat.