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Volume 887: debated on Monday 3 March 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has any plans to introduce headage payments for breeding sows in 1975.

No. On the basis of current estimates of supply and demand for pigmeat in our market, pig prices this year should become firmer. Feed prices are easing. The prospects for pig producers are therefore favourable and we hope that this will be reflected in a recovery in the breeding herd after the fall recorded last year.