Call for response to ‘unprecedented’ financial crisis in pig sector


Aisling O'Brien, Agriland (Ireland)

January 12, 2022


The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is calling for a coordinated response to the income crisis in the pig sector.


It follows an emergency meeting of the IFA Pigs Committee which was held on Monday (January 10).


IFA president Tim Cullinan, who is a pig farmer, said all stakeholders need to respond to the current financial crisis in the industry.


Cullinan said that pig farmers cannot carry the cost of this crisis alone.


    “The latest drop in pig price of 4c/kg, and the rise in feed cost by €35/t, means every pig produced on Irish farms is losing over €35. A farmer with 500 sows is racking up losses of €10,000/week.


“Retailers must immediately increase the price they are paying for pigmeat. Food service must ensure they are buying Irish pigmeat at this time of extreme crisis at farm level,” he said.


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Chair of the IFA pigs committee, Roy Gallie said that action needs to be taken to prevent more pig producers leaving the sector.


    “This crisis is unprecedented and nothing less than everyone’s genuine intervention is needed,” he said...