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Pig farmers to take to the streets

08 January 1999
Pig farmers to take to the streets

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Pig farmers to take to the streets

08 January 1999
Pig farmers to take to the streets

By Peter Crichton

BRITISH pig producers have decided to take to the streets in protest against falling pigmeat prices across the world.

More than 2000 farmers are expected to march through London on 23 January in a demonstration organised by the British Pig Industry Support Group

Pig producers from throughout the UK are being urged to support the march which kicks off in Temple Place and passes Downing Street, ending up in Trafalgar Square.

The mass march, seen as a last-ditch attempt by farmers to focus attention on their plight, will call on retailers, caterers and consumers to back British pigmeat.

The marchers want consumers and retailers to ban all imported pigmeat produced under animal welfare conditions which are illegal in this country.

Industry leaders are looking for signs that buyers are boycotting imported pigmeat fed on meat and bonemeal, a practice outlawed in this country.

They also want a ban on imported pigmeat from production systems which keep pigs tethered in cramped conditions in sow stalls, banned here since 1 January.

Imported pigmeat is cheaper than the British product, but farmers argue that this is because producers here spend more on quality feed and maintaining animal welfare.

The British market is also suffering from oversupply which has pushed down pig prices to 55p-65p/kg for farmers selling on the spot market.

The Adjusted Euro-Specification Average price (AESA) for the UK remains virtually static at 68.2p/kg for the week ending 2 January.

That means farmers are losing about £24 for a 70kg bacon pig selling at £42 on an AESA contract, compared with a production cost close to £66.

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Pig farmers to take to the streets

By Peter Crichton

BRITISH pig producers have decided to take to the streets in protest against falling pigmeat prices across the world.

More than 2000 farmers are expected to march through London on 23 January in a demonstration organised by the British Pig Industry Support Group

Pig producers from throughout the UK are being urged to support the march which kicks off in Temple Place and passes Downing Street, ending up in Trafalgar Square.

The mass march, seen as a last-ditch attempt by farmers to focus attention on their plight, will call on retailers, caterers and consumers to back British pigmeat.

The marchers want consumers and retailers to ban all imported pigmeat produced under animal welfare conditions which are illegal in this country.

Industry leaders are looking for signs that buyers are boycotting imported pigmeat fed on meat and bonemeal, a practice outlawed in this country.

They also want a ban on imported pigmeat from production systems which keep pigs tethered in cramped conditions in sow stalls, banned here since 1 January.

Imported pigmeat is cheaper than the British product, but farmers argue that this is because producers here spend more on quality feed and maintaining animal welfare.

The British market is also suffering from oversupply which has pushed down pig prices to 55p-65p/kg for farmers selling on the spot market.

The Adjusted Euro-Specification Average price (AESA) for the UK remains virtually static at 68.2p/kg for the week ending 2 January.

That means farmers are losing about £24 for a 70kg bacon pig selling at £42 on an AESA contract, compared with a production cost close to £66.

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