DEFRA's June 2001 farm census shows total pig numbers were down 10%. Pork production in 2001 was 16% lower than in the previous year. FMD removed the main market for sows, and many producers responded by continuing to breed from these animals because there was not much else to do with then. As for bacon output, this was boosted because restrictions had the effect of slowing marketings and letting pigs drift into higher weight ranges. {{MEAT }}

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