Ulster pig farmers press for drop in feed prices
The Ulster Farmers' Union is pressing for a drop in
pig feed prices. UFU pig producer representatives say a fall in pig feed
prices is long overdue, to reflect lower market prices in 2008 in the cereals
UFU Pork and Bacon Chairman Norman Robson said; "Lower grain prices should
mean lower feed bills to pig farmers but this has not happened. This is not
acceptable and we are calling on the grain trade to pass on this years lower
grain costs in the form of lower feed prices to the local pig sector.
cost of feed is a crucial issue for pig farmers, more so than most other
agricultural commodities in Northern Ireland. We believe there is the
potential to lower feed prices for pig producers and we want this
Robson added; "Pig rations include high quantities of
cereals, but despite seeing lower prices for wheat and barley, pig feed prices
remain static. In contrast, ruminant feed that generally contains less
cereals have reduced in price. For pig producers to try and reclaim the
extensive losses of last winter it is imperative that feed costs reduce in line
with the cereals market."
• Ulster Farmers' Union
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