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Dutch Hog Herd Shrinks for First Time in Six Years, Cattle Drop

February 09, 2012

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.

--Editors: John Deane, Sharon Lindores

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