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Breeding Herd Records 12 Per Cent Drop in 2012

12 October 2012, at 3:01pm

SCOTLAND, UK - There has been a 12.3 per cent drop in the total breeding herd in 2012 compared with 2011, according to new figures from the June 2012 Scottish Agricultural Census.

In 2011, the total breeding herd stood at 36,338 pigs. A 12.3 per cent drop has now been reported, with only 31,881 pigs recorded in 2012.

Sows in pig saw one of the biggest drops; numbers fell 14.3 per cent to 20,712 in 2012.

The number of boars recorded also dropped 13.1 per cent from 1,506 in 2011 to 1,308 in 2012.

Barren sows for fattening have seen an increase of 28 per cent between 2011 and 2012, with the number now standing at 941.

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