10 November 1995

Returns to service

SOME outdoor pig producers are reporting increases in returns to service, farrowing difficulties and lower litter sizes due to the hot summer.

But results from costings services Easicare and Pigtales show that nationally returns to service for all herds at, 11.42%, are lower than this time last year (12.83%).

Suffolk-based ADAS business consultant Tony Walker says: "A few producers have identified an increase in returns to service.

"But where shade has been provided alongside good management of boars, problems appear to have been avoided." &#42