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Making the Most of Bacon - 18 January 2013
Friday, 18 January 2013
Bacon may be an everyday ingredient but there is a danger of it being underplayed out of the home.
I have 2 questions 1) how much pork was imported to the UK from Poland in 2010? 2)is there any estimate available of how much pork was imported into the UK illegally in 2010?
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
World imports of fresh and frozen pork to the UK totalled 362,800 tonnes in 2010, one per cent higher than in 2009.
When will farmers see the need to get new blood into our ageing workforce?
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
This is of course an issue facing all sectors of the farming industry with the average age of farmers being nearly 60 years (from a recent Farmers Weekly poll).
Is there much of a difference between the KPI's in the UK to the ones in Europe? If so, why? I've never really understood.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Thank you for your enquiry regarding relative KPI performance of the UK pig industry with other EU industries.

We produce an annual report which details the relative physical and financial KPI performance of the GB pig industry with a number of other EU industries, the 2010 report will be published shortly.
Can you put pure Landrace sows and gilts outdoors, will they cope?
Friday, 20 August 2010
Yes! Putting pure Landrace sows and gilts outdoors should not be a problem as the pigs' natural instincts will kick in and they will adapt to the outdoor situation.
To help them settle in make sure you start off some wallows before they arrive; fill with water to create an emulsion and the pigs will soon find them and wallow.
I am looking into purchasing a recording system and I wondered if you could recommend one?
Friday, 26 June 2009
BPEX have produced a which guide to all the recording systems availbale in the UK. Each shows the features and benefits and what you can expect the system to do for your pig business. Some cover just pig production and others have facilities to cover costings as well.
I have very little experience of pig production and would like some information on the possibility of finishing pigs on potatoes. I have approximately 4 acres of potatoes that have not been harvested and I am considering the possibility of letting some pigs into the field to make use of the crop. I would appreciate any advice you could give me regarding additional nutritional requirements, batch sizes, breeds, shelters and any other practical and husbandry issues.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Raw potatoes can be fed to pigs and they would happily uproot them from the field, as well as making a mess in the process!

The potatoes should not have been exposed to sunlight as the glycoalkaloids in green tubers may be toxic to pigs, though there is little research on this subject.
Why has the Holderness area in East Yorkshire been hit so hard, with very few pig farms now left?
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Due to the recent rise in feed prices and poor payments for pig meat, many producers have faced significant increases in the cost of production. The fact that many haven't even been able to break even - and some have reported up to a 20 loss per pig produced - has forced many producers to go out of production.