Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The Dutch hog population fell for the first time in six years, shrinking 0.8 percent in December from a year earlier, while the cattle herd diminished a second year in a row, the Netherlands’ statistics office said.
The pig herd, the sixth-biggest in the European Union, declined to 12.1 million animals as of Dec. 1 from 12.2 million hogs a year earlier, the Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek reported on its website today.
Germany has the biggest EU hog population, followed by Spain, Poland, France, Denmark and the Netherlands, Eurostat data show.
The cattle herd in the Netherlands decreased to 3.91 million head from 3.96 million, the statistics office said in a separate report.
Dutch pig herd, in thousands. December 2011 12,103 April 2011 12,429 December 2010 12,206 April 2010 12,255 December 2009 12,108 April 2009 12,186 Dutch cattle herd, in thousands. Cattle Dairy Cows December 2011 3,912 1,504 April 2011 3,885 1,470 December 2010 3,960 1,518 April 2010 3,975 1,479
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