UK pig farmers ready for stall and tether ban
BRITISH pig farmers are well-prepared for the forthcoming ban on stalls and tethers, which comes into effect from Jan 1 next year, according to an NFU survey.
It revealed that only 10% of British pig farmers still use stalls and tethers to house their pigs.
Speaking at the pig and poultry fair at Stoneleigh, NFU deputy president, Tony Pexton, said farmers were doing their bit for animal welfare and it was now up to the public to recognise this and support British pork.
The survey also revealed that 70% of UK pig farmers had signed up to farm assurance schemes and 10% add value to their enterprises through initiatives such as farm-cured bacon, rare-breed meats and prepared hog-roasts.
It also revealed that only one-third of UK pig farmers are confident about their futures, while two-thirds expressed doubts. The issues pig farmers fear most, include the strength of sterling, the attitude of the multiple retailers and the cost of welfare standards.
Most respondents said they would like to see the government spend more money on promoting British pork, considering the UK is about to have the toughest welfare standards within the EU. *