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CSO statistical release, 22 September 2017, 11am

Pig Survey

June 2017

 Breeding PigsOther PigsTotal Pigs
June 2016149.91,444.41,594.3
June 2017144.71,412.21,556.9
% change-3.5-2.2-2.3

Pig numbers down 2.3%

Figure 1 Non-breeding Pigs
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The total number of pigs in Ireland in June 2017 was estimated at 1,556,900. This represents a decrease of 2.3% since June 2016. See Table 1.

Breeding pigs were down 3.5% and non-breeding pigs down 2.2%. See Table 1.

A comparison of the June 2016 and June 2017 figures (see Table 1) shows that in the breeding category the number of:

  • Gilts not yet served decreased by 8.4%.
  • Sows in Pig for breeding decreased by 6.6%.
  • Other Sows for breeding increased by 4.5%
Table 1 Number of Pigs
DescriptionJune 2015June 2016June 2017   Change 2016 - 2017
         ' 000         ' 000%
Total Pigs1,536.91,594.31,556.9-37.5-2.3
   Breeding Pigs149.3149.9144.7-5.2-3.5
      Gilts in Pig19.319.
      Sows in Pig85.984.378.7-5.5-6.6
      Other Sows for breeding27.828.830.11.34.5
      Gilts not yet served114.916.415.0-1.4-8.4
   Other Pigs1,387.61,444.41,412.2-32.2-2.2
      Pigs 80kg and over257.1277.3291.414.05.1
      Pigs 50kg and under 80kg 283.5327.1289.6-37.4-11.4
      Pigs 20kg and under 50kg 401.1394.7421.126.46.7
      Less than 20kg445.9445.3410.1-35.2-7.9
1 Gilts of at least 50kg liveweight intended for breeding but not yet served.

Background Notes

Introduction   This release presents estimates of numbers of pigs in June 2017 at State level. The estimates are based on returns from the June 2017 Pig Survey which collects data on pig numbers held by specialised producers. The data is collected in accordance with Regulation (EC) No.1165/2008.

Coverage   Specialised pig farms, totalling 279 specialised pig farms were included in the survey for June 2017, accounting for 83% of the estimated total pig population.

Results   The results for June 2017 were calculated by comparing the returns from the same pig farms in the June 2016 Pig Survey and the June 2017 Pig Survey and applying the resulting trend to the June 2016 pig figures.

As figures in the text and tables have been rounded to the nearest 100 units there may be slight discrepancies between the sum (or difference) of the constituent items and the totals shown.

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