British pig producers are linking up with the country’s beef and lamb sectors, as well as the Food Chain and Biomass Renewables Association (FABRA) to find new profitable and environmentally friendly ways to deal with the “fifth quarter”.

A conference jointly organised by the various groups will be held this September and will cover all parts of the fifth quarter of cattle, sheep and pigs including offal, blood, bones, hides and skins and casings.


Delegates will look at new market opportunities for offal, the processing of edible co-products and the environmental impact of animal co- and by-products.

Head of exports for the British Pig Executive (BPEX), Jean-Pierre Garnier, said: "For the first time we are trying to link all elements of the chain from on-farm factors, processing quality, exports sales as well as minimising the environmental impact of these activities.”