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"Pig cam" at Heligan becomes an internet sensation

Credit: Heligan Wild

A live broadcast of a rare sow and her litter at The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall has become an internet sensation.

"Pig Cam" streams the antics of ten Tamworth piglets and their mother. Daily visits to the site have doubled.

The Tamworth breed is classed as "at risk" by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust but the team at The Lost Gardens hope to help change this.

To see the Heligan Tamworth Pigs, visit www.heliganwild.com

High animal feed prices hurting pig farmers

The rising cost of animal feed is threatening the livelihood of many pig farmers in the West Country.

That's according to the National Pig Association (NPA) which says poor weather across the globe has impacted on crop growth.

The knock-on effect has seen a hike in feed prices by 25% in the last year. This is pushing up the cost of production.

The NPA says that if the cost of feed continues to rise, one in ten pig farmers in the South West could be forced out of business by Christmas.

In a survey, 10 per cent of farmers said they were struggling to cover the extra costs, a situation made worse by supermarkets reluctant to pay more for pork products.

The Association says it hopes public support will help keep farmers in business in the year ahead.

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