Pig farmers are paying £200 a tonne for feed to keep alive their sows and weaners, which is double last year’s price. Feed is 60 per cent of production cost, and it is reckoned that farmers are losing £26 on each pig put to market.
Mar 5, 2008 (TELEGRAPH) — I was talking recently to a Suffolk farmer who grows thatching straw. The green, untasty corn-ears on this deliberately undernourished crop, which is grown for its stalks, not its grains, went for pig-feed to a farmer who already owes money, and from whom no payment was expected. “Twelve years back, I had pigs,” he said sorrowfully. “I know what it’s like to sink.” Full Report