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Aporkalypse now

CONTRARY TO ancient predictions, the world did not end last week – but for Scottish pig producers, the turn of the year threatens a much more personal catastrophe.

As of January 1, the European Union's new rules on pig welfare kick in, making old-style stall and tether systems illegal.

Unfortunately, the UK is one of the few EU member states where pig farmers have made the effort – and paid the price – of creating new welfare-friendly pig accomodation.

Many other EU countries have not, and the UK pig industry now faces another year of unfair competition against overseas producers offering cut-price, welfare unfriendly and technically illegal pigmeat.

(For the full story see The Scottish Farmer this week, December 29 2012)

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