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Agriculture Minister Outlines Pig Scheme

by 5m Editor
28 July 2009, at 10:25am

IRELAND - Pig farmers have welcomed the €13m scheme for converting sows to loose housing - a scheme recently announced by agriculture minister Brendan Smith.

IFA pig chairman Tim Cullinan described the funding as essential to enable farmers to comply with the new EU directive due to come into force in 2013.

Approximately two thirds of the country's 450 pig farmers will be eligible for the scheme, reports Independent.ie.

It is estimated that the conversion of 100,000 sows to loose sow housing will cost farmers close to €40m in total.