UK pig farmers take grievances to government
Fears that poor state of industry will damage related sectors
United Kingdom pig farmers held a rally at Downing Street, the home of the UK Prime Minister, in early March to highlight for politicians, retailers and the public how the combination of rocketing costs and poor prices has resulted in their losing money on every pig sold.
According to members of the industry, the current financial pressure on the UK sector is putting some pig farmers out of business. Jobs on farms are now being lost, and this is creating concern for other sectors that depend on pig producers, such as abattoirs, veterinary practices, animal feed manufacturers and pig equipment suppliers.
Retailers are being urged to pay higher prices for UK-produced pork; however, the retail sector argues that it is paying a fair price for pig meat and that it has been investing in its supply chain.