March 23, 2004



UK Pig Breeders Hit By High Medical Costs


Medical costs is becoming a fast increasing burden for some UK pig producers. The average veterinary bill for a sow is nearly £60 a year, but this figure represents a wide spectrium, said Jamie Robertson of Aberdeen University.

"At the very worst end of the scale some producers are spending as much as £170 at sow. This means that they are spending more on medication than feed, which is simply not sustainable."

Results from the largest study of pig health management British pig industry were unveiled at a conference in Edinburgh. The exercise will be repeated for English producers on March 26 at Milton Keynes.