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British Pork Production Highest Since 2002

by 5m Editor
2 February 2012, at 8:07am

UK - Last year, United Kingdom pig slaughterings were their highest since 2002, at 9.8m head — up six per cent on the previous year.

The key driver was increased productivity, which is being seen across much of the European herd, and for which the PCV2 vaccines can claim some of the credit.

Scotland recorded the strongest growth, up 12 per cent on the previous year. Northern Ireland was up five percent.

Official figures no longer cover sow slaughterings, but Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board estimates 250,000 culls were killed during 2011, 13 per cent more than in 2010.