In autumn of 2011, the German Agriculture Association conducted a survey of 3,600 pig producers from Germany, France, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom — and the results show British pig producers are the most upbeat, with only 15 percent judging the market situation as “bad” (5 percent) or “very bad” (10 percent).

The survey, reported in the British Pig Executive’s latest Export Bulletin, revealed that in contrast, 41 percent of French producers consider the situation as “bad” or “very bad.” Going forward, the French (47 percent) and the Hungarians (41 percent) were the most pessimistic.

Some 65 percent of British producers plan to invest in the next 12 months against 21 percent in France, 44 percent in Germany and a majority of Central European producers.