EU sow stall ban to push up pork prices

Julia Kollewe


The price of bacon and sausages could jump by up to 20% next year as an EU-wide ban on sow stalls comes into force, bringing European producers into line with the UK. Sow stalls are crates in which pregnant female pigs are confined to make it easier to feed them.

Sow stalls have already been banned in the UK since 1999, and British pig farmers will be happy that there will be more of a level playing field from 1 January - although there are questions marks over how well the ban will be policed.