Farming Today This Week: Pig industry, research at Leeds University's farm
Charlotte Smith visits Leeds University's Pig Research Farm. Professor Helen Miller explains why new investment will help improve standards in the UK pig industry.
Charlotte Smith visits Leeds University's Pig Research Farm. Professor Helen Miller explains why the new investment they're receiving will help improve standards in the UK pig industry. Since 40% of the UK herd is raised outdoors Professor Miller argues in favour of research being undertaken to support best practice for outdoor pigs, not just those reared indoors.
We hear from the pressure group 'Farms not Factories' who are campaigning against what they describe as 'industrial' pig farming, and the discomfort they say it inflicts upon pigs.
Reporter Nancy Nicholson hears from a Scottish pig farmer who's encouraged by the opening of a new abattoir in the north-east of the country, the heart of Scotland's pig production.
Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Mark Smalley.