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·         NPA calls for weekend kills as ‘crisis point’ nears

·         Backlog of market-ready pigs sees average carcase weight reach 90.6kg in January



NPA calls for weekend kills as ‘crisis point’ nears


By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)

February 18, 2021


NPA chief executive Zoe Davies has called for action to help ease the backlog on farms, including weekend kills, as the situation on pig farms nears ‘crisis point’.


Dr Davies and Simon Watchorn, who runs an outdoor pig herd on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, were interviewed on BBC Look East on Wednesday. Mr Watchorn explained how current losses of approximately £10/pig mean he is losing £3,000 a week and said these losses that cannot be sustained for much longer, fearing producers could start to go out of business.


The NPA estimates that more than 100,000 pigs are backed up on farms due to a ‘perfect storm’ of events that began with a series of processing plant closures due to COVID-19 in the autumn and subsequent export bans to China on some affected plants.


At the same time, COVID-19 issues across Europe and Germany’s ASF export ban have resulted in a surplus of pigs and falling prices across the EU. Disruption to EU exports due to new Brexit checks and bureaucracy, while EU imports continue to pour in without the equivalent new checks, have further compounded the problems since the start of the year.


The combination of falling UK prices...





Backlog of market-ready pigs sees average carcase weight reach 90.6kg in January


By Iain Hoey, Pig World (UK)

February 18, 2021


In January, UK clean pig slaughter totalled 862,100 head – a 10% decline compared to last year. However, as AHDB analyst Felicity Rusk pointed out, January 2021 has two fewer working days than January 2020.


Slaughter of adult pigs fell in January, with throughputs falling by just under third (29%) on the year, totalling 14,400 head.


Ms Rusk said that the cull sow market has also been facing challenges with reports suggesting there have been some difficulties exporting carcases to the continent. “Reduced demand from processors and continental buyers will have limited the ability for producers to have sows culled,” she commented.


Clean pig carcase weights continued to rise in January, highlighting...