June 18, 2014
Sweden rolls out plan to boost sale of pork
In response to the pig industry's demand for greater state support, Sweden's ministry of agriculture announced a new national action plan that aims to improve animal care standards and the competitiveness of Swedish pork.
The plan, which promotes the production of the "highest quality" pork using high animal care standards, is designed to bolster the sale of Swedish pork on both domestic and international markets. It also aims to increase national annual pig production from 2.6 million to 4 million head.
A "farm excellence scheme" is also incorporated in the plan to strengthen piggery standards, especially animal husbandry. Under the scheme, the castration of piglets without anaesthetics would be banned from January 2016. Farmers can use government grants to purchase and administer anaesthetics.
Agriculture minister Eskil Erlandsson said, "Becoming more competitive is a key objective in the plan. Raising pig production numbers will help achieve this goal. Sweden should at least aim to reach a level equal to our annual consumption, and that is four million pigs."