Scottish pig herd increasing
In the year to June 2016, the total number of pigs in Scotland recorded a 4% increase, according to the latest figures published by the Scottish Government.
This increase comes on top of those recorded in the previous two years and is the first time the Scottish herd has shown a continuing increasing trend since the 1990’s. The breeding herd largely stood on from levels recorded a year earlier, posting only a 0.4% increase. Within this, in-pig sows were up almost 4% on the year earlier, while in-pig gilts recorded a 10% decline, maybe inferring that producers are not looking to replenish their breeding herds at levels previously recorded. Maiden gilts numbers, although smaller in absolute terms, posted a 38% decline on June 2015, another indication that the Scottish breeding herd may be set to contract.
The Scottish finishing herd noted a 5% increase on the year earlier, with finishing pigs of 80kg and over liveweight recording the largest increase, up almost 11% during this period. While all other categories of finishers posted increases on a year earlier, they were not at such a high level, suggesting that some fluctuation of finished pig throughputs may be experienced over the coming months. With processing capacity north of the border now increased, this may account for some of the rise in the finishing herd, with fewer pigs moved to finishers in England.
Vikki Campbell, Acting Data & Analysis Manager
vikki.Campbell@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8741