A census on pig stocks showed that the overall pig population dropped by 2.3 per cent in 2012 over 2011.
In Gozo and Comino, the pig population increased by 16.1 per cent and amounted to 3,461 heads, or 7.7 per cent of the total stock.
In December 2012, the pig population amounted to 45,209 heads, down by 2.3 per cent, or 1,078 heads over 2011. Increases of 8.5 and 4.8 per cent in the number of young pigs and breeding stock were mitigated by drops of 9.8 and 4.5 per cent in the number of fattening pigs and piglets.
The census revealed that 111 holdings (-4.3 per cent) were engaged in pig production. Of these, 64.9 per cent raised less than 400 pigs but accounted for 24.4 per cent of total stock, or 11,052 heads. Holdings that raised 400 pigs or more accounted for 34,157 pigs, or 75.6 per cent of the total pig population.
The pig population decreased by 3.6 per cent in Malta but Overall, 41,748 pigs, or 92.3 per cent, were located in Maltese farms, with the Western District accounting for 37.6 per cent.