European pig herd melt-down predicted.
High feed costs are now causing some of the British pig industry's best producers to quit production, NPA will tell farms minister Jim Paice in a briefing note currently being prepared.
"We are not merely losing the less efficient farmers, and they are not predominantly small or large, indoors or outdoors," reported general manager Dr Zoe Davies today. "These are serious businesses that are leaving the industry."
She will tell the minister that British pig producers are continuing to challenge their costs and efficiency parameters and this can be seen in improved feed efficiency and improved national productivity from a smaller sow herd.
"However, there is little that can be done to mitigate these rising feed prices," she will tell Defra.
"All producers are monitoring the futures markets and assessing the likely impacts on their business and a number have already decided to stop production."
She will tell the minister that continental producers face the same problem. "There will be many now, who before the feed price rise may have been considering investing in loose sow housing but will now decide to leave the industry instead. Others may shift production to producing weaners only.
"Either way we are likely to see even more producers leave the European Union pig industry than previously expected next year."
But whilst a drop in European Union production will help drive up the pig price, it will come too late for some British producers, so action is needed now, or Britain will lose a large tranche of its national pig herd.
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