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Drop in English Pig Breeding Herd

by 5m Editor
20 September 2010, at 8:36am

UK - The England pig breeding herd dropped slightly between June 2009-2010, down 0.4 per cent from 352,000 to 351,000 pigs.

This is a surprising (provisional) figure bearing in mind the good prices being received over the survey period.

However it may partly be accounted for by producers trimming breeding pigs in order to achieve higher productivity.

Despite the headline figure of a -0.4 per cent fall, the forthcoming December 2010 census could still show an increase in the national herd, because the gilts-intended-for-breeding category is good indicator of confidence and in the June 2010 survey it is up a bullish 13.6 per cent.

Gilts-in-pig are up a remarkable 27.5 per cent.

However, recent increases in feed prices mean the confidence felt in the first six months of this year may turn out to have been misplaced.