There are around 5 million pigs in the UK, but fewer pig farms than you might expect: a handful of big firms now dominate the sector and 92% of production comes from about 1600 farms. Production methods differ greatly from farm to farm - with various indoor, outdoor, free range, and organic systems. In this programme, Charlotte Smith visits an indoor pig farm in Devon to explore some of the challenges facing the industry: from farrowing crates and tail docking, to soya and African Swine Fever. Presented by Charlotte Smith Produced by Heather Simons
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What is the future for farming and for Defra in the light of the new Agriculture Bill?
The Agriculture Bill is back, with a few changes.
Pig farrowing crates are controversial - we find out about a new high welfare design.
Charlotte Smith reports from both the farming conferences happening in Oxford this week.
We hear whether the Australian bushfires will have an impact on global agricultural trade.
Trade tariffs are affecting exporters of some food products, including cheese and whisky.
Charlotte Smith brings you some of the best bits from the two Oxford Farming Conferences.
Charlotte Smith hears about the future of trade and the new plan for a food strategy.
Charlotte Smith is at the Oxford Farming Conference.
Charlotte Smith hears about the two farming conferences happening in Oxford this week.
Can mobile abattoirs improve animal welfare?
The president of the National Farmers' Union looks back on a tumultuous farming year.
How valuable are auction marts to the rural community - new research asks the question.
What does the future hold for small-scale abattoirs?
Charlotte Smith visits the new National Pig Centre.
Charlotte Smith visits the real-life farms that help inspire The Archers.
Anna Hill investigates the illegal sport of hare coursing.
What's it like farming on the Isle of Iona, which gets more than 100,000 visitors a year?
Is it time to rethink the role of single-use plastic guards in tree planting?