PIG ACTION GROUP
Working together to find best working practices for the pig site and AD plant at Broadley Copse, Funtington.
FUNTINGTON PIG BUSINESS HAS CHANGED
A Bit of Background
Whilst the sows in the outlying fields around the parish remain the same, the pig business on the Broadley Copse site has changed.
In August 2015 Basil Baird (Fareham) Ltd and Broadley Energy Ltd applied for planning permission to the South Downs National Park to expand their pig business. Permission was granted in April 2016 to build new pig sheds to increase indoor pig capacity from 2,000 to 12,500. Planning was also given to build two anaerobic digesters to deal with the increased manure waste from the shed pigs.
All Basil Baird (Fareham) pigs were sold in November to Ash Farming LLP who now finish (fatten for market) around 50,000 pigs a year.
KEY INFORMATION ABOUT ON-SITE ACTIVITIES
- Weaner piglets are transported onto the site several times a week from the outlying fields.
- The outdoor pigsties are rotated around the site throughout the year.
- The outdoor pigs feed into the sheds at 35kg, where they are fattened until they are transported for slaughter.
- The manure and straw bedding from the outdoor pigs is spread on surrounding fields.
- The manure from the indoor pigs is fed into the AD plant daily.
- The anaerobic digesters use the manure and straw plus rye and maize to create electricity.
- Both sides of the operation are overseen by the Environment Agency who regulate operations. They issue permits and oversee that the site operates to best practice.