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UK herd figures revised down marginall

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Revisions to the final Defra June Survey figures do not materially alter the previously recorded trends in the UK pig herd.

Revisions to the final Defra June Survey figures do not materially alter the previously recorded trends in the UK pig herd. A slight decrease of 5,000 in the pig herd estimate was reported, keeping the change on the year at a reduction of 1%. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland had slightly more pigs than a year earlier, while England had fewer, bringing the revised UK total to 4.82 million head. The breeding herd fell more sharply, with the largest drop, of 13% year on year recorded for gilts in pig, suggesting a possible continuing decrease in the herd size. With maiden gilt numbers also decreasing on the year, there was evidently still some lack of producer confidence in the market.