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Growth of US and Canadian herds could put pressure on EU exports

10th Apr 2017 / By Alistair Driver

The US and Canadian pig herds are growing, with EU exports set to come under under pressure as a result later this year.

Last month, the US pig herd stood at 71 million head, 4% up on March 2016 and the largest March pig herd since 1988, according to the latest quarterly report from the USDA.

The latest figures released by Statistics Canada also indicate that the Canadian pig herd has continued to increase, climbing almost 2% on 2016 levels to stand at 13.7 million head in January. This is now the fourth consecutive year of expansion.

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