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English pig numbers fell by 3.6% in 2015

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Staff writer ▼ | March 4, 2016
The total number of pigs in England has decreased by 3.6% since December 2014 to just over 3.5 million, according to new farming statistics by Defra.
Pigs in England
Pigs   According to new farming statistics by Defra:
Calculated according to the end of year pigs survey, as at December 1, 2015, the figures show the 12-month decrease in the total number of pigs was “driven” by a 4.3% fall in fattening pigs, which were down at just over 3.1 million.

The female breeding herd showed a 1.1% increase, however, with breeding numbers overall rising by 1.9% on the year.

Sow numbers were up 11,000 at 220,000 and gilt numbers down 4,000. Dry sow numbers were also down 3,000.

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