The UK industry has a large variety of production systems ranging from indoor units, outdoor units, straw based accommodation and slatted accommodation. This mixture makes the industry very different from our global counterparts.
There are some 30,000 premises with pigs on (including pets) and 10,000 pig farms. However, 92% of production comes from about 1600 assured farms including 10 corporate companies which account for 35% of our breeding sows. The UK is also unusual in that 40% of our herd is outdoors.
The pages on this website, will not only give an overview of the industry but a complete grounding in everything from artificial insemination and different production systems through to environmental guidance and facts and figures about the industry.