FMD causes pig industry to plummet
The already frail pig industry faces 'severe losses'
following the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak according to pig breeding company
ACMC chairman, Stephen Curtis, has said
that processors will have to dispose parts of the pig carcass, which are
normally exported to the Far East, because they are of little value within the
UK market. This will have to be done at cost.Overheads
company also warned that overheads carried over to producers from processors
could reach up to Â£8m (€11.8 million) a month, or Â£90m (€133 million) a
British pig meat processors will have to get rid of carcasses
at a cost, as the export market is closed off. This will have a significant
impact on the pig industry.
Curtis also noted that during the FMD
outbreak processors simply passed on these overheads to producers by paying Â£10
(€15) to Â£15 (€22) per pig less. "If the same happens this time it would cost
British pig farmers Â£7.5m (€11 million) to Â£8m (€11.8 million) a month or up to
Â£90m in a year," he added.ACMC at risk
ACMC is already
experiencing the impact of the outbreak, with orders from Russia worth Â£1m (€1.4
million) at risk of not being fulfilled. Curtis said that the industry is
already in a fragile state and has significantly decreased in size over the last
Due to this Curtis has asked the British government to
declare a large section of Britain as an 'official zone of freedom' to allow
business as usual in those specific areas.
"This would send a strong
message out to governments internationally that the FMD outbreak was a freak as
opposed to an epidemic," he said.
"This, in turn, would encourage
them to allow imports of meat products and live animals from the "free zone",
thus relieving the financial pressure on an already hard-pressed
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