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Wednesday 14th May 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Pig and Poultry Fair Hears of Success of British Pig Sector

The British pig sector has seen good profits over the last year, according to Mick Sloyan, Director of the British Pig Executive (BPEX).

In his review of the industry presented at the British Pig and Poultry Fair at Stoneleigh this week, Mr Sloyan said that at the last event – two years ago – the UK industry was struggling to cover its cost of production.

“How the situation has changed!” said Mr Sloyan.

In the last year, margins have been maintained and even improved with pig prices rising from the mid-140s pence per kilo up to 160p and on to a peak of 174p per kilo before falling back slightly. Feed costs – at least, wheat – have fallen over the last year, he said.

Many producers have taken the opportunity of the higher margins to invest in their businesses, leading to further improvements in efficiency and slaughtering improved. Carcase weights as well as numbers have increased so that UK pig meat production is forecast to reach 850,000 tonnes (carcase weight) this year – making this the sixth consecutive year of growth.

This new confidence is based on strong demand for UK pig meat both at home and abroad, according to Mr Sloyan.

Ever more processors in both the retail and food service sectors are choosing British pig meat. Waitrose and Marks & Spencer committed to have British pig meat some time ago and more recently, Tesco and Morrison’s made the same commitment for fresh pork.

Even discounters Aldi and Lidl, are coming to realise the strength of the UK to supply freshness, quality and traceability.

Also speaking to the agricultural community at the event, media consultant, Malcolm Munro said that speaking to the media offers the opportunity to unlock the power of story-telling.

“Media have a massive impact on all things today and food and farming are no different,” said Meurig Raymond, President of the National Farmers Union in introducing guest speaker at the Fair’s forum session entitled ‘Unlocking the power of the media to grow out business’.

Mr Munro said journalists, are looking for a story that it topical, relevant to their readership, interesting and including facts and opinions from “real people” rather than press officers.

Key to success, he continued, is to tell such stories well - and often.

The food and farming sectors have many good stories to tell, he said, citing the “exceptional contributions made by the pig and poultry sectors” to the UK economy in terms of employment, food supply, environment, animal welfare and reputation for quality.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Europe Exports Most Shell Eggs
More than 60 per cent of global trade in shell eggs occurs to or from countries in Europe, mainly those in the European Union, reports industry watcher, Terry Evans, while there are also active businesses in dried egg and liquid egg products.

France Now Fifth Largest Agri-food Exporter in Europe
Despite maintaining its status as the leading agricultural power in Europe, France has seen its value share (18.1 per cent) of the EU’s agricultural production decline since 2000, according to Bernadette Byrne from the Paris Office of Bord Bia – Irish Food Board.

Effect of Wet Litter on Welfare, Performance and Carcass Yield in Broilers
A Dutch study has shown that broilers kept on wet litter not only had more footpad dermatitis but they also had poorer performance and defects that caused welfare issues and more condemnations than other birds kept on normal, dry litter.

Diet Change in Broilers Can Reduce Salmonella Challenge
Following a Salmonella Typhimurium challenge in chicks, dietary supplementation with the amino acid, arginine and vitamin E improved immune response although the concentration of the bacteria in the birds' caeca were unaffected, according to new research from the US.

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