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|Breeding Pigs||Other Pigs||Total Pigs|
|June 2014||151.7 1||1,403.6||1,555.3 1|
The total number of pigs in Ireland in June 2015 was estimated at 1,536,900. This represents a decrease of 1.2% since June 2014. See Table 1.
The number of breeding pigs was down 1.6%, while non-breeding pig numbers were down by 1.1% in the same period.
A comparison of the June 2014 and June 2015 figures (see Table 1) shows that in the breeding category the number of:
|Boar numbers from 2012 to 2014 have been revised due to consistency checks with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine's Pig Census.|
|Table 1 Number of Pigs|
|Description||June 2012||June 2013||June 2014||June 2015||Change 2014 - 2015|
|' 000||' 000||%|
|Total Pigs||1,570.9 1||1,552.5 1||1,555.3 1||1,536.9||-18.4||-1.2|
|Breeding Pigs||146.0 1||147.9 1||151.7 1||149.3||-2.5||-1.6|
|Gilts in Pig||20.1||19.2||19.6||19.3||-0.3||-1.5|
|Sows in Pig||84.6||84.2||83.2||85.9||2.6||3.2|
|Other Sows for breeding||24.7||28.2||31.9||27.8||-4.2||-13.0|
|Gilts not yet served2||15.2||14.9||15.5||14.9||-0.7||-4.3|
|Boars||1.4 1||1.4 1||1.4 1||1.4||0.0||-1.3|
|Pigs 80kg and over||245.5||252.4||259.5||257.1||-2.4||-0.9|
|Pigs 50kg and under 80kg||316.2||303.9||307.4||283.5||-23.9||-7.8|
|Pigs 20kg and under 50kg||419.0||399.5||395.7||401.1||5.5||1.4|
|Less than 20kg||444.3||448.8||441.0||445.9||4.9||1.1|
|2 Gilts of at least 50kg liveweight intended for breeding but not yet served.|
Introduction This release presents estimates of numbers of pigs in June 2015 at State level. The estimates are based on returns from the June 2015 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 319 specialised pig farms were included in the survey for June 2015, accounting for 92% of the estimated total pig population.
Results The results for June 2015 were calculated by comparing the returns from the same pig farms in the June 2014 Pig Survey and the June 2015 Pig Survey and applying the resulting trend to the June 2014 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.Hide Background Notes
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