British pig industry regains confidence
Britain's pig production is showing an upward trend in the latest edition of
the annual pan-European cost of production analysis produced by the British Pig
The actual cost of production fell by about €0.10 per kg to €1.55 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 €1.40 per
BPEX Chief Executive Mick Sloyan
said, "It is encouraging to see that the efforts being made by British pig
producers to invest in better herd health and improved competitiveness are
"However, this report clearly highlights that we have to
continue to bridge the gap with our major European
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 per litter and in litters per sow. However in
both these key areas Britain remains below the EU
Other key points:
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Recent data show a continued
improvement in post-weaning mortality into 2006, with a decline of 0.9% 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.
meat produced per sow in Great Britain was 1.44 metric tonnes in 2005,
significantly below the overall average of 1.84 metric tonnes. Nevertheless, the
British figures have been on an upward trend, increasing from 1.35 metric tonnes
â€¢ Costs in Brazil, €0.79/kg, Canada and the US, €0.90/kg are
all significantly below EU levels.
â€¢ British Pig
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