Diversify, add value, trim costs, are the latest industry
buzz words but how many of them will actually fit in and
enhance an arable farming business. There are always barriers
to overcome including capital, experience, and treading
into unknown territory.
One option is to finish pigs on contract which generates
useful income, helps keep labour occupied, provides a ready
market for straw and produces manure providing a cushion
to high fertiliser prices.
And to help arable farmers take the plunge, the British
Pig Executive (BPEX) has produced an A to Z guide for successful
This covers the planning, building and management of new
buildings - this is of equal value to those wishing to
modify existing accommodation.
BPEX Director of Pig industry Development Mark Wilson
said: "The British pig industry has changed dramatically
over the last few years.
"A number of established producers are now specialising
in the breeding and production of pigs but are sending
their finishing pigs to clean sites in batches. This allows
them to maximise performance through improved health and
allows them to concentrate on producing a good quality
A site taking batches of 1000 pigs can expect to generate
some £25,000pa before costs.
Additionally there is the manure with a fertiliser replacement
value of possibly another £3,000 next year.
The pigs are still owned by the breeder, who also supplies
feed, veterinary and technical support, a significant capital
commitment. Often existing under-utilised buildings can
be adapted for 200+ pigs, risk and exposure is limited.
Mark said: "The pig industry has realised that the
key to its long-term success lies in working with its customer,
attracting new blood and investment in new buildings."
A seminar is being held at the Cereals Event at 10am on
June 14 and 15 in the NFU area. Contact Barney Kay, National
Pig Association, on 02476 858780 or Mark Wilson, British
Pig Executive, on 01908 844256 for further details.
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