The number of farms with pigs in Belgium has shrunk by 4.6%, compared with last year, according to a provisional count. The country now has 5,879 farms, of which 5,125 are in Flanders.

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The total number of pigs in the country, however, has grown slightly by 1.2% to almost 6.4 million animals. The majority of this number, more than 6 million, can be found in Flanders. The greatest growth was seen in finishing pigs.