UK pig producers’ cost rise is half EU rate

British pig producers’ costs rose at half the rate of other EU countries’ in 2008, according to BPEX research.

Pig farmers saw costs rise 12% against an EU average of 24%, but the better performance was largely due to a weaker pound, BPEX said.

Average production costs remained marginally higher than EU neighbours in 2008, but have since edged closer to parity at 133.8p/kg, BPEX figures show.

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