Further falls in production are being predicted for the beleaguered UK pig industry.

Forecasts by Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, are suggesting a drop of 10% to just over 716,500 tonnes this year.

The fall is being attributed to the reduction of 4% in the number of breeding sows recorded in December.

Meanwhile total EU pig production is expected to fall marginally to just over 17.7 million tonnes while EU consumption is expected to remain relatively stable at 16.65 million tonnes.

However, MLC figures show the Danish herd bucking the trend with a 3% rise in sow numbers.