HC Deb 25 February 1954 vol 524 c543
7. Mr. Philips Price

asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps are being taken to improve the type of pig in this country by a system of recording progeny and food converting capacity similar to the practice today in Denmark.

Sir T. Dugdale

The progeny testing of boars with a view to the improvement of breeding stock is already being conducted on a small scale by the National Pig Breeders' Association at Selby in Yorkshire. Proposals are under consideration for extending the work on lines similar to Danish practice.

Mr. Price

Will the Minister bear in mind that we shall not have much chance of lowering our cost of production of bacon in competition with the Danes until we adopt these measures in relation to pig breeding on a much more extensive scale?

Sir T. Dugdale

Yes, Sir, and we are doing all we can to encourage their adoption.

Commander Maitland

Will my right hon. Friend say whether he has anyone in particular to advise him on the question? As it is a matter of very great importance, will he try to find some experts to advise him about it?

Sir T. Dugdale

That is rather outside the Question, but I would mention at once that the Agricultural Improvement Council is one of the organisations advising me.

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