C1: Pig production – More than 30 million Danish pigs
More than 30 million pigs are born in Denmark annually. 70 percent of them have their roots in semen from Hatting A/S, which houses boars from the DanBred breeding system. 16-17 million pigs end their lives at the age of 5-6 months at a Danish Crown abattoir. Some of them are speciality pigs, which are raised according to special production requirements and give rise to an added payment to the farmer. For the most, pork from Danish Crown ends up on export markets around the world. The international market has a high level of confidence in the Danish veterinary system. The Danish breeding system also enjoys the same level of confidence and has increased export of breeding genes to a range of countries with significant pig production.
You can learn more about these and other topics on this tour.
In order to participate in this excursion, you may not have visited another pig farm or been in contact with pigs for the 24 hours preceding the tour.
|10:00 am||Departure Vingsted|
|10:50 am||Visit pig farmer Søren Juul Jensen, Hornborg, west of Horsens
Søren Juul Jensen has developed a welfare pen with reduced piglet mortality. 100% loose sows. Produces Antonius Pigs, which are marketed by Danish Crown. Reduced use of medicine
|12:40 pm||Arrival Danish Crown Horsens. Lunch|
|1:00 pm||Introduction to Danish Crown by Chairman Erik Bredholt
Danish Crown is one of the world’s largest meat companies with divisions in Germany, England, Poland and Sweden. Danish Crown is cooperatively owned, i.e. owned by Danish farmers.
Focus on sustainability in together with the shareholders. 90% of all pigs delivered to Danish Crown’s Danish abattoirs come from climate controlled farms. The aim is to reduce the carbon footprint by half in 2030 compared to 2005.
Focus on food safety. Learn about the Danish veterinary control system, which is one of the world’s strictest.
|1:45 pm||Tour of the abattoir
The abattoir was taken into use in 2005 and was the most modern abattoir in Europe.
Photography in the abattoir is not possible, but the abattoir will provide access to photos of its production.
|4:00 pm||Arrival at the boar station Hatting A/S close to Horsens
Introduction to Hatting A/S and the Danish breeding system by Director Per Nyby Pedersen
Danish pig genes are sold extensively throughout the world. The third visit will therefore concentrate on breeding.
Guides: Janne Hansen and Gudrun Andreasen