England’s pig breeding herd dropped slightly between June 2009-2010, down 0.4% from 352,000 to 351,000 pigs.

However, despite the headline figure of a 0.4% fall, the forthcoming December 2010 census could still show an increase in the national herd, as the gilts-intended-for-breeding category is a good indicator of confidence and, in the June 2010 survey, it is up a bullish 13.6%, says the National Pig Association.