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Scottish pig herd stabilising

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According to the figures, the Scottish pig population in June was 3% higher compared with June 2013. The Scottish pig herd has declined steadily since late 1990s but in the last year, the breeding herd and feeding pig numbers rose for the first time since 2010.

According to the figures published by the Scottish Government, the overall pig population stood at 316,300 head in June 2014. This was 3% higher compared with June 2013. The Scottish pig herd has declined steadily since late 1990s but in the last year, the breeding herd and feeding pig numbers rose for the first time since 2010. The Scottish breeding herd reached 30,200 head, up 5% year on year, with an 8% rise for in-pig sows. However, both in-pig and maiden gilt numbers came down, by 16% and 8% respectively, indicating some weakness in producer confidence going forward.

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The total number of feeding pigs, which includes piglets, rose by 3% on June 2013. This was largely a consequence of a 16% increase in the heaviest weight band (over 80kg liveweight), while pigs under 20kg were up by 2%. With a 5% increase in the breeding herd but piglet numbers only 2% higher than the previous year, this could indicate a slowdown in productivity. However, it may be attributable to increased movement of weaners to be finished in England. This might also explain why the number of pigs between 20kg and 80kg recorded a small fall during the year.