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Little change in number of English pig farms

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New Defra figures show that the number of English farm holdings keeping pigs was little changed in the year to June 2013. Separate figures show a further fall in the number of organic pigs, which are now at their lowest level since 2005.

New Defra figures show that the number of English farm holdings keeping pigs was little changed in the year to June 2013. A total of 7,800 commercial farm holdings had pigs, fractionally lower than a year before. However, there was an increase in the number of holdings with more than 1,000 pigs, which was up 6% to just over 1,200. These farms accounted for 84% of English pigs. There was a 1% fall in the number of farms with breeding pigs, to 4,375. Within this total, there was a 6% fall in holdings with 100 or more sows, to 650. Over 88% of English sows were in these larger holdings. The total number of farm holdings in England was down by 1% to 102,800.

In a separate release, Defra have published updated figures on organic farming. These show a further fall in the number of organic pigs, which are now at their lowest level since 2005. This is in line with the overall trend, with the number and area of organic farms falling steadily in recent years. There were 30,200 organic pigs in 2013 (including any in conversion to organic), 13% fewer than in 2012 and less than half the number at the peak in 2008. This represents well under 1% of the national herd.