UK pig herd stabilises

Newly released figures show that the UK pig population has dipped by 1.7% to 3.5 million last year - but the breeding herd remained unchanged.

The statistics, which were released by Bpex, the levy body, showed there had been no real change in the number of breeding pigs, at 415,000 in December 2010.

An 18,000 head reduction in sows in-pig was offset by a 7,000 increase in gilts in-pig and an 8,000 increase in other sows.

Bpex senior analyst James Park said: “The census results indicate that, year on year, the breeding herd remained stable in December 2010 with a continuation of increased numbers of gilts in-pig and other sows offsetting the decline in the sows in-pig population.

“However, these results do not reflect the consequences for the industry of rocketing feed costs and falling prices since last August.”

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