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Agriculture: Pigs

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the state of pig farming in the United Kingdom. (190660)

Information on UK pig production is collected regularly in various forms by DEFRA. For example, the United Kingdom Pig Notice which is published quarterly, includes statistics on breeding herds, slaughter and trade.

Projections of the aggregate measure of Total Income from Farming are published on the DEFRA website. The first full set of farm income statistics, including a breakdown by farm type, were published on 31 January.

DEFRA is also well aware of the current issues facing the pig industry in the UK, including the impact of rising feed costs. Officials are in frequent contact with representatives of the pig sector.