Feed price rises could hurt Irish pig sector
Growing feed prices could well hurt the Irish pig sector, producers warned
this week, writes the Irish Independent.
Pig farmers maintain that they are currently losing €2 to €3 per produced pig
and they claim that the situation gets worse every time feed prices
With compounders indicating
that feed prices could rise by €20-30 per tonne from September 1, pig committee
vice-chairman Tim Cullinan at the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) claimed that
pig production costs would increase by a further €0.08 to €0.13 per
Cullinan said, "From September, production costs are
likely to be close to €1.50 per kilogramme deadweight."
will need to increase dramatically if farmers are to remain in production, as
the current price being paid for a kilo of pigmeat is €1.38 on average," he
Pork from abroad
Referring to the sale of pork from
abroad, Cullinan insisted that products using Irish pigmeat should carry the
Bord Bia quality assurance scheme logo.
He said, "Retailers should
not be allowed to deceive customers on the origin of products."
also said that the retail and catering sectors would have to increase prices to
reflect the higher cost of production.
and the catering industry must accept that it is necessary for the product price
to rise in line with the price increases that farmers have to pay," he
"Food processors are also in support of increases, stating that
should customers wish to avail of quality Irish produce, they need to pay for
â€¢ Irish Independent
â€¢ Irish Farmers Association (IFA)
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