British pig industry performance improving

Bpex reports a 4% increase of weaned pigs produced a sow a year in 2013 throughout Great Britain.

The rise is 1% higher than other European Interpig countries, showing British pig performance is still improving.

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In addition, the Pig Cost of Production report showed the average number of finished pigs a sow also increased in 2013, to 22.23 pigs a sow, an increase of 0.54 on 2012.

Bpex head of technical Andrew Knowles said: “These results are encouraging, but we have to keep the foot on the accelerator because there is still a gap with our major competitors and we need to close it.

“The latest information available shows the British industry is still going in the right direction and making progress.

“Part of the reason for this could be that the industry has been going through a period of profitability which in turn has meant the industry has started investing again.”

Click here to view the Interpig report, which covers 2013 and takes information from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

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