Bleak pig prospects in the west

By Simon Wragg

ECONOMISTS from Exeter University suggest pig producers prospects have only increased marginally, and those farming in the extreme corners of Great Britain are likely to come under more pressure.

Andrew Sheppard told producers at last weeks Pig & Poultry Fair that the price cycle had extended to about five years, but was far from predictable.

However, values were recovering but still face stiff competition from mainland and eastern European rivals in the medium term.

Rationalisation in the UKs processing and supply sectors will see these businesses concentrated in pig-dense areas.

That will leave some producers at a disadvantage; such as increased transport and feed costs.

“If you want to produce [pigs] in Wales, the far north and south-west of England, think long and hard,” he warned.

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