The change in pig production costs in European countries over the past year is a result of the rise in national feed prices, according to Andrew Knowles of the British Pig Executive (BPEX) and based on individual country reports from the multinational InterPig cost comparison group.

Between August 2007 and August 2008, the average production cost measured in Euros per kilogram deadweight is suggested to have increased for Danish producers by 20.7% to €1.69. Germany’s cost was more than 14% higher this year than in mid-2007 at €1.82. In the Netherlands, the increase was of almost 14% to €1.66. These changes compared with rises of about 11% for Belgium (to €1.66), over 10% for Ireland (to €1.77), nearly 9% for Spain (to €1.71), but under 3% for Britain (to €1.83).