Germany braces for a drop in pork production amid soaring costs


Vladislav Vorotnikov, Pig Progress

Sep 14, 2022


In 2022, fewer than 48 million pigs will be slaughtered in Germany – a substantial drop from the 52 million last year. That prediction was made by a spokesperson of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture (LWK).


Speaking at a recent committee meeting, Dr Albert Hortmann-Scholten said that pig farmers battle rising feed, gas and energy costs. The rise in wholesale prices only partly compensate these costs.


He added that the skyrocketing prices for natural gas on the European market will affect sow farmers. He estimated that production costs will rise with € 8 to € 10 per piglet this year. Not only piglets will rise in costs, a similar fate awaits finisher pigs, broilers and laying hens in Germany, are also all affected by the rising energy bills.


Expensive feed


Dr Hortmann-Scholten, a spokesperson for LWK, said that rising feed prices also put pressure on the farmers who buy feed instead of produce it. “Anyone who buys additional feed can feel how tight the economic situation is. Even with a better pig price of € 2.05/kg in slaughterweight.” This year, he forecasted that pork production in Germany will decline by nearly 7% due to a hike in production costs and low domestic meat consumption.


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