English pig sector seeks COVID support package, as cost of China export suspension mounts

 

By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)

March 31, 2021

 

The English pig sector is seeking a COVID support package from Defra, as the industry continues to lose hundreds of thousands of pounds a week from the suspension of Chinese exports from key plants. 

 

The request from the NPA and processors follows the recent announcement of schemes in Scotland and Northern Ireland in March that reflect COVID-related losses suffered by producers.

 

The UK pig industry has been hit financially on two main fronts by the wave of outbreaks in pork plants.

 

Higher carcase weights as a result of the backlog of pigs that has built up has led to price deductions being imposed by processors, while the suspension of Chinese exports from key plants, including Cranswick’s Watton, Pilgrim’s Ashton and Quality Pork Limited’s Brechin sites, are having a huge financial impact on the industry.

 

British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) chief executive Nick Allen said the loss of China sales is costing more than £15/pig...

 

Northern Ireland-Scotland support packages ...

 

Regaining China access ... 

 

UK-China relations ...

 

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