Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pig Producers Are Bringing Home the Bacon at Last

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pig Producers Are Bringing Home the Bacon at Last

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BRITISH pig producers are facing rising costs but the increase is much lower that their Continental competitors are being forced to fork out.

Figures from the British Pig Executive (Bpex) revealed that British pig keepers' costs went up by around 12% last year, while those in the EU rose by an average of 24%.

In previous years, UK costs had been among the highest but a mixture of better performance and the lower exchange rate contributed to 2008's improved comparison.

Post-weaning mortality fell from 7% to 5.6% and the average number of finished pigs per sow jumped for a fifth consecutive year to 20.9 pigs per sow. This was 4% higher than 2007 and 11% up on 2004 - and was the highest annual improvement figure for at least 15 years.

Report author and Bpex senior economic analyst Tony Fowler said: "Overall, production in Great Britain has been increasing faster than the EU average, up from 75% of the EU average in 2004 to 80% in 2008.

"Feed prices continued to fall in 2008 - but due to the depreciation of sterling, they were just 11% lower in sterling terms. …

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