Pig stock up in Gozo and Comino, but down in Malta – Census
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According to a census carried out in December 2014, the pig stock on a national level amounted to 47,465 heads, down by 4.0 per cent, or 1,986 heads, over 2013.
The census also showed that 9.6 per cent of pig stock was located in Gozo and Comino. In 2013, the pig population in Gozo and Comino amounted to 4,208 heads, or 8.5 per cent of the total stock.
Drops of 14.7, 12.6 and 1.0 per cent were registered in piglets, breeding stock and young pigs respectively. An increase of 3.7 per cent was registered in respect of fattening pigs, the National Statistics Office said today.
The census revealed that 100 farms were engaged in the rearing of pigs. Of these, 62 farms raised less than 400 pigs and accounted for 10,933 heads. Farms that raised 400 pigs or more accounted for 36,532 heads.
Regarding distribution by region, 90.4 per cent of pig stock was located in Maltese farms, in 2013 it was 91.5% in Maltese farms.
The largest proportion of pig farms was concentrated in the Western District