The decline in the British pig herd will continue this year according to the latest forecasts published by the Meat and Livestock Commission.
UK finished pig supplies are forecast to decrease by more than 4% or nearly 450,000 head on 2002 levels to 9.8 million head, the lowest level in 30 years, while sow slaughterings are expected to decline by just over 17% on year-earlier levels to 260,000 head.
Total UK pigmeat production in 2002 rose 2% on a year earlier to 827,000 tonnes, but for 2003 the MLC is forecasting that total UK pigmeat production will decline by almost 4% to 796,000 tonnes.