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on March 16, 2011

Irish pig producers losing millions

Jobs at risk as Ireland’s pig producers cope with continuing losses

Irish pig producers are losing up to €13 (US$18.05) a pig or almost €900,000 million a week, according to reports on the Irish TV news website RTÉ.

RTÉ reported that the average pig costs around €126 to produce, but only sells for around €116.

The chairman of the Irish Farmers’ Association pigs committee, Tim Cullinan, has warned that jobs are on the line unless prices improve, while the Irish food promotional body Bord Bia has launched a campaign to promote sales of home-produced bacon and ham under the slogan "Bring Home the Bacon." 

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