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UK pig herd growing, according to December survey

23rd Mar 2017 / By Alistair Driver

The UK pig herd grew by 3% in 2016, including a 2% increase in the female breeding herd, according to the latest Defra survey figures.

The December 2016 pig survey showed an extra 116,000 pigs had pushed the overall UK pig herd above the 4.5 million mark, driven largely by increasing numbers in England.

Although it again questioned the accuracy of some of Defra’s numbers, AHDB Pork said the upward trend reflected growing confidence on the back of sustained higher prices.

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