Around 27 million pigs are farmed in Germany, 280,000 of which are raised on organic farms. This makes Germany the most prominent European producer of both conventional and organic pork.
Even organic pig farming is subject to labour division and a certain degree of specialisation. Organic sow farmers, who on average keep around 60 breeding sows, produce organic piglets that are then raised on fattening farms until they are ready for slaughter. On average, organic pigs usually reach an age of just under 220 days and a live weight of 110–130 kg.