A small but important change is going to be taking place
in the pig slaughtering industry from September 4.
The UK is moving into line with the rest of the EU by
scrapping the table rebates and adopting a flat rate 2%
rebate which will have a direct effect on producer carcase
Britain obtained a derogation in the 1980s and continued
to use tables which gave slightly different figures according
to the slaughter weight of pigs.
Now all parties involved have agreed to come into line
with the rest of the EU by adopting the flat rate percentage
British Pig Executive Chairman Stewart Houston said: "It
is something we have been working on for some time and
will bring parity with the rest of the EU.
"It is a bit of tidying up which was made more relevant
by the increase in the weight of slaughter pigs in the
UK. It will also make cost and return comparisons easier."
Pigs are weighed within 45 minutes of slaughter
but when the carcase has been cooled it loses about two-per-cent
of its weight. This varies slightly according to the total
weight of the carcase. The increase in the weight of pigs
sent for slaughter over the last few years means the two-per-cent
reduction is now more appropriate.
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