Farmers in Brittany seek lower slaughter weight
According to an article in the Dutch newspaper
Agrarisch Dagblad today, pig producers in Brittany are seeking a reduction of
two kilos in the required carcass weight.
This measure kills two birds with one stone: firstly, reducing the surplus
supply for pig meat and secondly, reducing feed costs.
Brittany is the largest pig area in
France. At present, the French pig farmers representative association in
Brittany estimates that the cost of breeding a pig per kilo amounts to €1.55,
whereas slaughtering returns a mere €1.21 per kilo. In addition, it believes
that Brussels could open an emergency fund with €3,000 extra to be given to each
breeder in the area.
Calls for agricultural banks to be lenient on the interest payments of
breeders have been made as "the banks are profiting from the breeders' dire
financial situation as a result of the current feed crisis," according to the
â€¢ French Farmers
Association (in French)
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