Boost to Danish slaughter pig production

Boost to Danish slaughter pig production

An agreement to increase slaughter pig production and plug exports of piglets to Germany has been signed by slaughterhouses, pig producers and the major food trade union in Denmark, the NNF.

“We aim to increase slaughter pig production in Denmark by two million pigs over the next two years,” explained Asger Krogsgaard, Vice-Chairman of Danske Svineslagterier and the DAFC.

The Danish drive for increasing efficiency and a sustainable future has seen a number of slaughter plants close and as a result capacity in others has increased. The Horsens site is one such example. Its original throughput was 75,000 pigs per week and it is now running at 100,000 a week.

“This means we are now better prepared to get through down periods such as Christmas and Easter holidays,” explained Krogsgaard. “ Within the last five years there has been no new building undertaken in the slaughtering sector, as it has not been necessary.

“However, we do need to build up slaughter capacity and to this end we have signed an agreement with our producers, supported by our major food union, NFF to ensure this happens.”

Click here to read a special report from Meat Management on the Danish industry.

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