By FWi staff

DESPITE the UK pig industry suffering its worst financial crisis in living memory, producer group Anglia Quality Meat ended 1999 with a profit of 62,365, from a throughput worth 20.9 million.

This profit means that, for the fourteenth year in succession, AQM members will receive a bonus to cover the cost of all marketing levies on animals, mainly pigs, marketed through the Association says Eustace Bullman, chairman of AQM.

AQM joined up with United Pig Marketing (UPM) in 1999, a federal of nine marketing co-ops handling over 225,000 pigs/month.

“The UPM Board is striving hard to deliver real cost benefits both in terms of input costs and better pricing mechanisms to increase net returns to its member groups and ultimately to their individual producers,” says Mr. Bullman.

During the year 17 producers joined AQM.