The October 2010 Danish pig survey results have highlighted a marked decline in the total herd following signs of stability recorded in the July census, according to a new report in the latest EUI Market Survey.

The UK publication reports that the Danish breeding herd declined by 6%, compared with October 2009, and was 5% lower than in July 2010. Total pig numbers in October 2010 were 5% lower than a year earlier and 4% less than in July as a result of fewer slaughter pigs in the system.

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The report claims that the results of the October survey indicate that Denmark’s pig population is at its lowest level in the last 10 years. In addition, exports of live pigs continued to increase during the first nine months of the year, which has accentuated the decline in the total population.

Between January and September, 5.6 million weaners were exported from Denmark, an increase of 6% year on year, according to data from the Danish Food and Agriculture Council.