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German farrowing crate rule pressures UK sector

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Source: UK Farmer’s Weekly, 11 July 2020, photo credit: Vilofoss

Cost and productivity concerns have reignited in the UK pig sector after farrowing crate rule changes were made in Germany last week.

German farmers were told they have 15 years to cut farrowing crate times from 35 to just five days as part of a tranche of new German pig welfare guidelines.

Industry leaders say renewed government focus would now fall on UK producers to alter farrowing systems, using German regulations as leverage.
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