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Innovative Pig Farming

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Publication date: 28/04/2020
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Scotland is known for its high-quality red meat. Recently, there has been an increasing demand for Scottish pork due to the higher awareness and importance of locally produced meat, particularly under the Specially Selected Pork brand . Commercial pig farming is a highly specialised concentrated business within Scotland. 60% of pig production in located in the North East of Scotland and less than 150 farms keep 98% of all breeding sows. According to the Scottish government, the pig population was 326,000 in 2017.

Precision livestock farming is a promising technology to improve the productivity of the pig industry in Scotland. Scottish farmers could benefit from this technology by using resources in a smarter way without intensifying animal production any further.

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