DAERA welcomes publication of responses to UK pig sector consultation

Date published: 06 April 2023

DAERA has welcomed today’s publication of responses to a DEFRA-led consultation on contracts within the UK pig sector.


The UK-wide consultation looked at the nature of the relationships across the supply chain and whether future policy could improve it.

DAERA welcomes the publication which reflects the diverse contributions from across the UK and notes the UK government’s intention to bring forward regulations for written pig contracts between all producers and their buyers, using powers in the Agriculture Act 2020.

The department will continue to work closely with officials in DEFRA, Scotland and Wales to ensure the legislation works for the whole of the UK pig sector and takes account of the views of any incoming Northern Ireland Ministers.   

Download the Summary of Responses.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The DEFRA consultation, which took place between July and October 2022, received 374 responses.
  2. Download the original consultation.
  3. All media queries should be directed to the DAERA Press Office.
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  5. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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