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Pigs

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of pig farmers who ceased to trade in 2007-08. (265201)

The June Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture does not collect figures on the number of farmers who have ceased trading. Figures from the survey indicate activity on registered holdings in England at June each year showing net change only. Larger pig businesses are likely to have a number of holdings where pigs are kept and this number can change from year to year.

Specialist pig holdings (based on predominant activity)

All holdings with pigs

Total pigs

2007

2,453

9,686

3,943,444

2008

2,600

9,772

3,854,388

Source:

June Survey of Agriculture