High pig farm costs add to crisis
An EU price comparison for Class E pigs in mid-november showed Irish farmers averaging €1.38/kg, compared to an EU weighted average of €1.36 (for 24 member states). Prices ranged from €1.06 in Belgium (where prices have been hit by the African Swine Fever outbreak in wild pigs) to €1.75 in Bulgaria.
Pig farmers got €1.40 in Germany, €1.28 in Denmark, €1.28 in Spain, €1.29 in France, €1.21 in the Netherlands, €1.30 in Poland, and €1.62 in the UK.
However, Ireland is one of the countries with high pig production costs.
The AHDB in the UK said this week production costs there are at their highest level since 2013, pushing pig farmers, despite the high UK price.
This week in Ireland, IFA Pigs Committee Chairman Tom Hogan said factory pig prices stayed at €1.38-1.42, and 55c/kg deadweight is quoted for sows.
He called on processors to increase pig prices in recognition of the financial crisis pig farmers are enduring.