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Pigs

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pig farmers there are in England; and how many there were in May 2005. (198514)

Data on the number of pig farmers and registered holdings in England which specialise in pig production are collected via the annual June Agricultural Survey. The following figures relate to the position on these holdings at June in each year.

Figures shown are for holdings where pigs are the predominant activity.

Number

2005

2007

Total farmers, partners, directors including spouses if working on the holding

3,349

3,418

Total labour force (including the above)

5,296

5,286

Total holdings where pigs are the predominant activity

2,409

2,453

Source: June Agricultural Survey