English pig numbers remain stable from 2009 to 2010
No overall change despite sector variation
Latest census figures show the total number of pigs in England has fallen slightly, but the breeding herd has remained unchanged.
The total number of pigs in England decreased by 1.7% from 3.6 million in December 2009 to 3.5 million in 2010. But the British Pig Executive said there was no real change in the number of breeding pigs — 415,000 in December 2010, with an 18,000-head reduction in sows in-pig offset by a 7,000-head increase in gilts in-pig and an 8,000-head increase in other sows.