GB pig herd performance improving
Latest figures from the annual report on Pig Cost of Production in Selected Countries show the physical performance of the British pig herd is still improving.
Latest figures from the annual report on Pig Cost of Production in Selected Countries show the physical performance of the British pig herd is still improving. The figures are based on analysis by InterPIG, an international group of pig economists, covering the major EU pig producers, along with Brazil, Canada and the US. The 2013 report has just been published by BPEX and shows the number of pigs weaned per sow per year rose by 4% in GB, to 23.6, while the European InterPIG countries averaged a 3% increase. The average number of pigs finished per sow also increased in 2013, to 22.2 pigs per sow. Despite this improvement, the GB performance was still below the EU average, even when the outdoor herd is taken into account. GB feeding herd was broadly in line with the performance of other EU countries.
The report also shows that pig production costs in Great Britain remained higher than most other major producing countries in 2013. Across the year, the average production cost in GB was £1.59 per kg, around 5p more than the average for the other major EU producers. However, GB costs increased more slowly between 2012 and 2013 than in other countries, rising by 6p/kg, compared with an EU average of 9p. Production costs in the non-EU InterPIG countries were substantially lower than in the EU, due to lower fixed costs and cheaper feed.
A copy of the full report, along with previous editions, can be downloaded by clicking here.