NPB worried about long term pig prices

05-01-2007 | |

The US National Pork Board is worried about pig production costs from 2008 onwards.

The NPB fears that the increased demand to corn as a result of ethanol legislation will increase maize prices, and eventually US pig prices too.

Steve Meyer of Paragon Economics said that the roughly $1.50 per bushel increase in maize prices in recent months has increased pig production by roughly $20 for each 115 kg market pig.


It is predominantly 2008 onwards the NPB and Meyer are concerned about, as a large majority of the pigs, to be harvested in 2007 is already available – as are the sows that will breed them.

The NPB will discuss the emerging ‘food vs fuel’ issue at its first meeting of 2007, to be held January 11-12 in Tucson, Arizona. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting should contact Lorraine Garner at +1 (515) 223 2600.

Related web sites:
• National Pork Board

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