Three key pig sector targets
Teagasc has outlined three key areas that must be met in order for the pigs sector to hit the Food Harvest 2020 target of 4.8 million pigs slaughtered a year.
Between now and 2018, the number of pigs produced per sow per year will have to rise from 21 to 24, with the top 10pc of producers achieving 27 pigs per sow per year by 2018.
Secondly, the average slaughter deadweight will have to rise from 79kg currently to 80kg by 2018. Thirdly, the feed conversion rate from weaning to sale will have to increase from 2.46 currently to 2.35 by 2018.
Meanwhile, 12pc of Ireland's land area -- 800,000ha -- will be under forest by 2018 Teagasc claimed. The average forest parcel size will have risen to 10ha, while the number of forest owners will rise by 500 a year, reaching 18,000 by 2018.
More than half of the 800,000ha will be privately owned and private forests will account for a greater proportion of the overall timber supply.