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Pig Breeding Herd

Volume 888: debated on Tuesday 11 March 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the current number of young sows in the United Kingdom pig breeding herd, together with comparable figures for each of the last 10 years.

The most recent available figures of young sows in the United Kingdom pig breeding herd are those collected for the 1974 December agricultural census. The provisional results of that census and figures for the preceding nine years are set out below:

Gilts in the UK Pig Breeding Herd
YearDecember Census '000 Head
1965100
1966111
1967122
1968129
1969130
1970142
1971106
1972138
1973135
1974(provisional)85

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the current trends in the size of the United Kingdom pig breeding herd; and what are the consequences for pig meat production in the next 12 months.

Between June 1973 and June 1974 the size of the United Kingdom pig breeding herd declined by about 12 per cent, to 897,000 head. In the six months to December 1974 there was a further reduction of about 9 per cent, to a total of about 819,000 head, which may be expected to result in a corresponding decrease in the volume of home production of pigmeat in 1975 as compared with 1974. But the prospects for pig producers are now favourable and we hope that this will be reflected in a recovery in the breeding herd.