Major pig housing survey underway to inform future policies

Buildings are key to pig productivity, health and welfare
Buildings are key to pig productivity, health and welfare

An important pig building survey is now underway to help gain an insight into what pig housing is currently in use and what future needs might be.

AHDB and BMG Research are conducting the in-depth survey, with the results to be shared with Defra and other key stakeholders to inform future policies and activities, which are currently based on historic data.

As part of this market research, producers’ attitudes to investment and decision making will also be explored.

Nigel Penlington, Head of Environment and Buildings at AHDB, said: “Buildings are key to productivity, health, welfare and, ultimately, the success of the industry. To deliver this, we need buildings to be updated and replaced at a steady rate.

“Our knowledge of the types and ages of buildings in use is poor, as is our understanding of what is driving investment and what the barriers to investment might be.”

To address the gaps in our knowledge, BMG Research will be quantifying the number of pigs housed in various building types, looking for trends in age of buildings used and determining rates of investment.

It is important a representative sample of the industry is reached as part of this market research to help ensure the survey delivers accurate results and AHDB is calling for as many producers as possible to get involved.

BMG will be calling pig producers directly, but they can also register their interest on the BMG Research website.