7% fall in num­ber of sows in pig

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FARMMARKETS - Stephen Cado­gan

IFA Pigs Com­mit­tee Chair­man Tom Ho­gan says the Ir­ish pig price has fallen be­hind the price for the same week in 2016, which was a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult year for Ir­ish pig farm­ers.

Some spot loads are mak­ing more than this week’s €1.58c/kg, and many farm­ers have suc­cess­fully done deals for higher prices, said Mr Ho­gan, but no farmer is gen­er­at­ing profit at cur­rent prices. He called on all stake­hold­ers in the in­dus­try to be cog­nisant of the del­i­cate fi­nan­cial po­si­tion of Ir­ish pig farms, and said pig farm­ers are also very wor­ried by re­ports of pig­meat be­ing in­cluded in the lat­est EU of­fer in Mer­co­sur trade ne­go­ti­a­tions. Mean­while, pig prices have con­tin­ued to fall across the EU, led by a fur­ther fall in Ger­man prices last week of 3c, bring­ing to 20c their price fall over four weeks.

The CSO’s June 2017 Pig Sur­vey has in­di­cated that the to­tal Ir­ish pig herd fell more than 2%, to 1.56 mil­lion head. Num­bers of fin­ish­ing pigs were back 2%, while the breed­ing herd fell by al­most 4% com­pared to 2016 (in­clud­ing a 7% fall in the num­ber of sows in pig, and 8% fewer maiden gilts). This trend is likely to re­duce sales of pigs later this year and in 2018.

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