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German Hog Herd Shrinks to 25-Year Low After Pork Export Bans

  • Swine fever outbreak led key buyers to halt trade with Germany
  • Farms held 23.6 million pigs in early November, Destatis says
Swine Fever Threatens Europe’s Biggest Pork Producer
Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

The hog herd in Germany, a European pork heavyweight, has shrunk to its smallest since 1996 as farmers grapple with meat-export bans and sinking demand.

The country has been battling an outbreak of African swine fever since late 2020, with cases reported in thousands of wild boar in the east and on a handful of livestock farms. That’s prompted key meat buyers like China to shun German products, and the pandemic has also weighed on domestic meat sales.