Short supply of pigs in Australia
Infertility problems in sows has resulted in a short supply of pigs in South
Australia in the lead up to Christmas. This has caused record high live-weight
prices of AUD$3.20 (€2.49) per kilogramme.
According to Greg Richter from Primo Meats, Port Wakefield, hot conditions
last summer was a contributing factor.
"There's been a bit of a general infertility problem that happened earlier in
the year and that's just starting to come through now, it always shows up about
nine months after they have the problem. It's a general thing every year but we
had a lot of extra hot weather and that affects the fertility of the sows,
although we are now just at the stage now where we probably expect that that
would be about to turn around and we would start to get better numbers just
coming into Christmas."
Ritcher also says that the high grain prices due to
drought have also contributed to the increase in the cost of
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