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Pig Survey

June 2015

 Breeding PigsOther PigsTotal Pigs
June 2014151.7 11,403.61,555.3 1
June 2015149.31,387.61,536.9
% change-1.6-1.1-1.2

Pig numbers down 1.2%

Figure 1 Non-breeding pigs
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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:

  • Sows in Pig increased by 3.2%.
  • Other Sows for breeding decreased by 13.0%.
  • Gilts not yet served decreased by 4.3%.
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
DescriptionJune 2012June 2013June 2014June 2015   Change 2014 - 2015
          ' 000         ' 000%
Total Pigs1,570.9 11,552.5 11,555.3 11,536.9-18.4-1.2
   Breeding Pigs146.0 1147.9 1151.7 1149.3-2.5-1.6
      Gilts in Pig20.119.219.619.3-0.3-1.5
      Sows in Pig84.684.
      Other Sows for breeding24.728.231.927.8-4.2-13.0
      Gilts not yet served215.214.915.514.9-0.7-4.3
      Boars1.4 11.4 11.4 11.40.0-1.3
   Other Pigs1,425.01,404.61,403.61,387.6-16.0-1.1
      Pigs 80kg and over245.5252.4259.5257.1-2.4-0.9
      Pigs 50kg and under 80kg 316.2303.9307.4283.5-23.9-7.8
      Pigs 20kg and under 50kg 419.0399.5395.7401.15.51.4
      Less than 20kg444.3448.8441.0445.94.91.1
1 Revised.
2 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 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.

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