UK - Pigs and poultry farm practices survey 2009

79% of holdings with outdoor pigs use a site rotation system with an average of 17 months being spent in a paddock before rotation.
Friday 14 May 2010 (8 years 4 months 6 days ago)
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The latest National Statistics from the Defra Pig and Poultry Farm Practices Surveys (FPS) were released on 13 May 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. This FPS survey was run as a one-off specialist survey to assess how pig and poultry farming practices are affected by current agricultural and environmental issues. This data is used in the calculations for the ammonia emissions inventory.

The key 2009 results for holdings in England are given below.

Pigs

• 79% of holdings with outdoor pigs use a site rotation system with an average of 17 months being spent in a paddock before rotation.
• 35% of holdings with pigs are part of a pig breeding pyramid.
• The majority of pig slurry is stored either in cellars, pits or channels beneath livestock housing (38%) or in unlined earth bank lagoons (30%).
• A large proportion of farmyard manure (FYM) is stored in the open with 56% of FYM being stored in the open with no constructed base and 33% of FYM being stored in the open on a concrete base.
• 46% of pig holdings use contractors to spread their farmyard manure or slurry.

http://www.defra.gov.uk/evidence/statistics/foodfarm/enviro/farmpractice/documents/FPS2009-pigspoultry.pdf

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