English pig producers call for £3.2m Covid support package
5 April 2021
The English pig sector has called for a £3.2 million Covid support package to recognise the impact of overweight pigs on producers' businesses.
The request, by the National Pig Association (NPA) and processors, follows similar schemes in Scotland and NI 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.
Meanwhile, the suspension of Chinese exports from key plants...