The British pig industry is still showing improved
production performance according to the latest Cost of
Production survey published by the British Pig Executive
This comprehensive report covers 13 countries for the
year 2006 and shows improvements in Britain in both litters
per sow and pigs born alive per litter.
Great Britain remains among those EU countries with relatively
high production costs. This reflects the unique nature
of British pig production and particularly the higher welfare
systems used in this country.
The key points are:
- Post-weaning mortality continued to decline
- The number of pigs finished per sow increased
- Average daily liveweight gain increased by 16g
- More recent data shows post-weaning mortality is continuing
BPEX Chief Executive Mick Sloyan said: "It is encouraging
to see the investment made by pig producers in recent years
is paying off with clear benefits for pig welfare and better
"The top third of British producers are already on
a par with the rest of Europe which is an encouragement
to the rest of the industry to attain the same levels.
"The report illustrates how important feed is in
the overall cost of production in all countries around
"We are all aware of how difficult it will be for
English pig producers to continue to make progress given
the intense pressure from higher feed costs and little
movement in pig prices.
"BPEX is committed to helping the industry through
the feed cost campaign to which £1.5 million has
been pledged and the continued hard work of the Knowledge
Transfer team making sure the best technical know-how is
available to all producers."
The report, Cost of Production in Selected Countries not
only looks at the EU but also includes Brazil, Canada and
the United States.
The report is the sixth in a series that examines the
relative costs of production in selected countries.
It is a joint project involving a number of EU organisations
and countries, known collectively as InterPIG. Ten of the
13 InterPIG members are in the EU while Brazil, Canada
and the United States have joined this year.
Copies, free to pig producers and processors in England
and Wales are available from Tony Fowler on 01908 844281,
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