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·         UK pig producers remain in the red as production costs rise further

·         Plummeting pig price adds to industry woes

·         Pig producers 'quitting the industry' as losses mount

·         Staff shortages and pig backlogs could lead to an influx of EU pork – NPA chief exec

 

 

UK pig producers remain in the red as production costs rise further

 

by Bethan Wilkins, The Pig Site 

9 September 2021

 

Estimated GB pig production costs in the second quarter of this year reached a record 182p/kg, according to the latest AHDB estimates.

 

This was an increase of 8p/kg from the previous high of 174p/kg recorded in the first quarter of this year. Compared to the same time last year, production costs were 27p/kg higher.

 

The increase primarily reflects rising feed costs, as elevated global cereal and oilseed prices feed into the cost of pig feed. However, both labour and fixed costs had also increased compared to the first quarter of 2021.

 

Pig prices have also increased compared to the start of the year. The APP averaged 154p/kg in Q2, 9p/kg more than during the first quarter. However, compared to last year, prices are 13p/kg lower. This means that, on average, pig producers remain in a significant loss-making situation. Estimated net margins stand at -28p/kg (or -£24/head) in Q2 2021, a similar situation to the first quarter...

 

more, including charts

https://www.thepigsite.com/news/2021/09/uk-pig-producers-remain-in-the-red-as-production-costs-rise-further

 

 

Plummeting pig price adds to industry woes

 

By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)

September 9, 2021

 

The falling pig price is adding to an already near impossible situation on pig farms, as pigs continue to back up due to processor staff shortages and feed prices remain eye-wateringly high.

 

Last week saw the SPP record its biggest fall since 2016, as it fell by 2.31p to reach 156.39p/kg, the lowest level since June. The measure, after five weeks of decline, is now nearly 5p down on a year ago, although still nearly 4p up on the five-year average.

 

According to AHDB, the further price falls are a result of constraints on slaughter and processing capacity due to staff shortages.

 

Recent falls in pig prices in most EU member states has ‘likely also played a role’, making pig meat imports into the UK more price competitive. At the end of August, the EU reference price stood at just 121.7p/kg, 21p down on where it stood in mid-June, with big falls in particular in Germany (117.5p/kg), Denmark (118.3p/kg) and the Netherlands (104.8p). The UK Reference price stood at 159.6p/kg.

 

Slaughter down weights up ...

 

Record costs ... 

 

NPA view ...  

 

more, including links 

https://www.pig-world.co.uk/news/plummeting-pig-price-adds-to-industry-woes.html

 

 

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

 

FarmingUK

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...

 

more, including links  

https://www.farminguk.com/news/pig-producers-quitting-the-industry-as-losses-mount_58908.html

 

 

Staff shortages and pig backlogs could lead to an influx of EU pork – NPA chief exec

 

By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)

September 6, 2021

 

Ongoing staff shortages hitting processing plants could lead to an influx of EU pork imports, NPA chief executive Zoe Davies told BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme on Saturday morning. 

 

Dr Davies explained how a lack of staff due the number of eastern European workers that have returned home means abattoirs can no longer process the number of pigs producers are able to supply them with on a weekly basis.

 

She said: “For the last 6-8 week, all of the major processors have been cutting their kills by up to 25%, leading to pigs being kept on farms for far longer than they should be and that is leading to an absolute crisis for us on the pig side.”

 

The latest AHDB market data shows last week’s pig slaughterings were down by 24,000 head on last year, while average carcase weights are soaring, reaching 88.40kg last week – 1.19kg heavier than the week before, and 3.2kg heavier than a year ago...

 

more, including audio [0:52 min.]

https://www.pig-world.co.uk/news/staff-shortages-and-pig-backlogs-could-lead-to-an-influx-of-eu-pork-npa-chief-exec.html