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· Pig producers 'quitting the industry' as losses mount
· Pig sector facing exodus as losses reach record levels
Pig producers 'quitting the industry' as losses mount
There is an estimated 85,000 extra pigs on farms, a number increasing by approximately 15,000 per week
8 September 2021
Pig producers are quitting the industry or cutting down on numbers because they can not sustain losses any longer, the National Pig Association (NPA) has warned.
The government has been repeatedly called on to take immediate action to address the labour crisis crippling the food and farming sector.
This chronic shortage of labour affecting meat processing plants across the country is causing a growing backlog of pigs on farms.
Currently, there is an estimated 85,000 extra pigs on farms, a number increasing by approximately 15,000 per week and farmers are running out of space fast.
The sector has taken a battering over the past year, as a ‘perfect storm’ of Covid-19, Brexit and record costs of production has already forced some to quit the industry...
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Pig sector facing exodus as losses reach record levels
Isabel Davies, Farmers Weekly
07 September 2021
Fears are growing about an exodus from the pig sector after latest figures confirmed that the first half of 2021 was the worst six months financially for producers on record.
New AHDB figures put the GB production costs for the second quarter of the year at 182p/kg, which is 8p/kg higher than the 174p/kg recorded in the first quarter of the year.
Compared with the same time last year, production costs were 27p/kg higher, predominantly due to higher feed and labour costs.
While the APP averaged 154p/kg in the second quarter of the year, 9p/kg more than during the first quarter, this is still 13p/kg lower than in 2020.
This means that pig farmers were estimated to be losing...