Britain's pig production is showing a welcome upward trend
in the latest edition of the annual pan-European cost of
production analysis produced by the British Pig Executive
(BPEX). The actual cost of production fell by about 7p
per kg to 104.4 due to lower feed prices and improved performance,
however these same factors led to lower costs in other
countries. Overall the EU average, excluding Italian Parma
ham production, was 94.5p per kg.
BPEX Chief Executive Mick Sloyan said: "It
is encouraging to see the efforts being made by British
pig producers to invest in better herd health and improved
competitiveness are paying off. However, this report clearly
highlights that we have to continue to bridge the gap with
our major European competitors. The report is an extremely
valuable tool in pinpointing the specific areas on which
we need to focus and raise our game."
Report author Tony Fowler said the number of pigs weaned
per sow in Great Britain continued to improve in 2005,
due to improvements in pigs born alive/litter and in litters/sow.
However in both these key areas Britain remains below the
Other key points were:
- Post-weaning mortality remains relatively high in Britain,
but it fell significantly between 2004 and 2005 as a
result of the declining incidence of PMWS.
- Recent data
shows a continued improvement in post-weaning mortality
into 2006, with a decline of 0.9 percent between the
second quarter of 2005 and the second quarter of 2006.
average daily liveweight gain in finishing herds has
been relatively static. But rearing herd DLG showed a
substantial improvement in 2005.
- Carcase meat produced
per sow in Great Britain was 1.44 tonnes in 2005, significantly
below the overall average of 1.84 tonnes. Nevertheless,
the British figures have been on an upward trend, increasing
from 1.35 tonnes in 2002.
- Costs in Brazil, 53p/kg, Canada
and the US, 61p/kg are all significantly below EU levels.
Pig Cost of Production in Selected European Countries
is out now and is available free to levy-payers in England
and Wales by contacting Tony Fowler on 01908 844281, email
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