Contract pigs offer arable opportunity

Contract pig rearing provides a real opportunity for arable farmers to diversify their business, according to the National Farmers Union.

“An enthusiastic and professional pig industry has evolved in recent years,” explained the NFU’s Simon Fisher.

“A small site taking batches of 1000 pigs can expect to generate income before costs, in the region of £25,000 a year and manure with a fertiliser replacement value of possibly another £3,000 next year.”

Risk is fairly limited, as the breeder retains ownership of the pigs and also supplies feed, veterinary and technical support, he said. The enterprise can also utilise unused buildings and in some cases, cereals are purchased and collected by lorries delivering feed, he noted.

Together with the National Pig Association, the NFU is holding a meeting on 30 November in Sleaford, Lincolnshire to discuss the opportunities for contract rearing pigs.

Places are limited to 25 attendees, but further dates will be arranged if the meeting is oversubscribed. To register for the event, give your name, address, and telephone number to the NFU’s Laura Harrison – 01572 824264 or

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