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Pig Farming in the UK

From farrowing crates to African swine fever, Charlotte Smith looks at the challenges facing the UK pig sector.

There are around 5 million pigs in the UK, but fewer pig farms than you might expect: a handful of big firms now dominate the sector and 92% of production comes from about 1600 farms. Production methods differ greatly from farm to farm - with various indoor, outdoor, free range, and organic systems.

In this programme, Charlotte Smith visits an indoor pig farm in Devon to explore some of the challenges facing the industry: from farrowing crates and tail docking, to soya and African Swine Fever.

Presented by Charlotte Smith
Produced by Heather Simons

25 minutes