The pig and poultry sectors are set to have their profiles raised in parliament thanks to the launch of a new cross-party group next week.

Conservative MP Neil Parish - a former farmer and current member of the environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee - aims to create an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pigs and Poultry to better inform MPs.

The inaugural meeting is on 10 July when Parish is expected to be elected its chairman. The group then plans to start work after the parliamentary recess in September.

A spokesman for Parish said he would use the group to raise issues such as the battery cage ban, low pork prices and the Adjudicator.