High pig farm costs add to cri­sis

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FARMMARKETS - Stephen Cado­gan

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.

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