Scottish breeding herd expanding
The number of Scottish breeding pigs was 19% higher at 1 June, compared with a year earlier, according to data published by Scottish Government.
This suggests that 5,000 additional sows have been placed over the past 12 months. Anecdotal reports back up growth in this region, with increases likely reflecting changes in the size of the outdoor herd.
The number of fattening pigs did not follow the same trend, falling by nearly 1%. Not all pigs born in Scotland stay there for slaughter, but even so, the fall in Scottish slaughter pigs does seem inconsistent with the growth in breeding sows. Overall, the pig herd grew by nearly 1%.