10 April 2000
Pig men miss out on 18m order

By FWi staff

THE British pig industry has lost an 18 million order to supply the Russian army because there is not enough pigmeat available.

Russia wanted 300 tonnes of fatty pork a month to make meatballs for its 93,000 troops in Chechnya, according to the Daily Telegraph.

But the crisis in British pig farming has led to a shortage of supplies, and the deal went to Dutch and Belgian suppliers instead, it reports.

The paper quotes Hertfordshire-based wholesaler Staton Foods, which said that all attempts to secure enough pigmeat for the order had failed.

The Meat and Livestock Commission said the number of British pig farmers had fallen, partly because the strength of Sterling made it difficult to compete.