14:27 Monday 18 February 2013

Pig 'finishing' facility approval

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

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PLANS to build a ‘finishing’ facility housing more than 1,000 pigs have been approved.

Mercer Farming, which currently operates from 19 farms in the local area providing Packington Pork for supermarkets, has been given the go ahead for two new pig houses, as part of its outdoor-rearing (freedom foods) operation.

Outdoor-reared pigs are both bred and live outside for the first 12 weeks of life, with the second half of their lives spent indoors on straw bedding.

The sheds which house the pigs for this time are often referred to as “finishing houses”.

It is this facility which has been approved for Bonthorne Field, off Dogshead Lane, Barton-under-Needwood.

This will not be used as a slaughterhouse.

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