UK pig farmers record a single for price raises
Pig farmers from across the UK have recorded a single as part of the
campaign to raise awareness of their fight for fairer prices for their
Stand By Your Ham is based
on the Tammy Wynette 1968 classic Stand by your Man and was recorded in a London
studio by a group of 30 farmers. Listen to the song over here.
lyrics of the original song have been reworked to reflect the crisis that the
pig industry is currently facing. This is due to massive increases in feed
prices caused by rocketing world wheat prices. The majority of farmers are now
selling every pig they rear at a loss of up to Â£26 (€34). The industry as a
whole faces potential losses of Â£200 million (€261 million) in the next
Barney Kay, National Pig Association (NPA)
general manager and man behind Stand By Your Ham, said: "It is a slightly
tongue in cheek way of raising awareness of a serious issue. Put simply, farmers
need to receive more for their pigs or many face the prospect of going out of
business. All they are asking for is a fair price.
"Consumers have said
in two national surveys that they are prepared to pay a little more to help
farmers and retail prices have started to go up, but hardly any of this has been
passed back down the supply chain."
A recent NPA survey
showed that 95% of pig farmers are considering stopping production if the price
they receive does not improve ultimately leading to a shortage of pig meat in
the long term and potentially steep rises in the retail price of pork, sausages,
bacon and ham.
Consumers would also see reduced choice in high welfare
products as British farmers have amongst the highest welfare standards in the
World. EU countries supplying the UK are not legally obliged to meet these UK
minimum legal standards; as a result an estimated 70% of all imports would be
illegal to produce in the UK.
Quit the industry
have taken the decision to quit the industry the investment required to
recommence pig production is likely to be prohibitive," said Barney
"We're asking people to show their support for farmers by looking
for the Quality Standard Mark on pork, bacon, ham and sausages. This helps
support farmers who produce to higher standards of welfare."
Anyone wishing to register their
support can also sign the online petition by clicking here.
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