AHDB has engaged BMG Research to carry out an in-depth survey into pig housing to gauge what the future needs of the industry might be and enable it to support producers accordingly as a result.
The results will be discussed with Defra and other key stakeholders to inform future policies and activities, which are currently based on historic data.
Nigel Penlington, head of environment and buildings at AHDB, says: “Buildings are key to productivity, health, welfare and, ultimately, the success of the industry. To deliver this, we need buildings to be updated and replaced at a steady rate.
“Our knowledge of the types and ages of buildings in use is poor, as is our understanding of what is driving investment and what the barriers to investment might be.”
The BMG Research will be quantifying the number of pigs housed in various building types, looking for trends in age of buildings used and determining rates of investment to address the gaps in its knowledge currently.
AHDB is calling for as many producers as possible to get involved and feels it is important a representative sample of the industry is reached as part of this market research to help ensure the survey delivers accurate results.
BMG will be calling producers directly or interest can be registered on the BMG Research website at www.bmgresearch.co.uk/projects/ahdbpork/
All information collected will be used solely for the purpose of this market research and will not be shared with any other parties.