Pig production improves

British pig producers continued to show comparatively poor performance in a number of key areas - though some of these were starting to show an improvement in the last half of 2004 and early 2005, according to a new report from the British Pig Exec.

British pig producers continued to show comparatively poor performance in a number of key areas - though some of these were starting to show an improvement in the last half of 2004 and early 2005, according to a new report from the British Pig Executive.

BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development Mark Wilson believes there is away out of this and cites the example of France. He said: "Over the last four years, France has moved from 6th place in the cost of production league table to being the country with the lowest cost.

"They have gone from 19.5 to 22.1 pigs per sow per year which equates to a rise from 1,687 kg of pig meat a year to 1,940 kg!"

"If we continue to implement best practice we can expect to see similar improvements in the GB breeding herd."

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