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The Irish Pig Sector

Pig production in Ireland ranks third in importance behind beef & milk production accounting for 8% of Gross Agricultural Output. Employment in the pig sector accounts for at least 1,300 labour units on farms, with the total number employed in associated sectors such as pig meat processing, feed manufacture, haulage and services being estimated at 8,300. There is an estimated 290 commercial sow herds in Ireland and the June 2016 CSO Livestock Survey reported that there are 1.6 million pigs in Ireland, including 149,900 breeding sows. In 2016 Ireland exported an estimated 235,000 tonnes of pigment, worth approximately €615 million. The UK was the main Irish pigmeat market receiving 56% of our total pigmeat exports, 16% was exported to Continental EU and the remaining 28% went to international markets.

The National Pig Herd Performance Report is developed annually using the Teagasc e-Profit Monitoring (ePM) recording system. Producers record their production and financial data on a quarterly or annual basis to their Pig Specialist Advisor. The national report is the detailed analysis of the performance of herds that participated in the ePM system in 2017 and is available by clicking the booklet image below.

Some of the key performance indicators and trends from the 2017 report are detailed in the figure below: 

See below for information for pig producers regarding Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

Useful Links

http://www.thepigsite.com/pighealth/article/142/porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-prrs

http://www.thepigsite.com/pighealth/article/347/porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-prrs