Pig movements ?

Batty

Member
How’s everyone out there getting on with keeping the numbers moving. Both weaner and finished sellers. Seems a perfect storm of reduced demand lowered abattoir throughputs and cheaper imports floating around. Email from red tractor with a few more new addons, new crop wheat prices lifting. Red tractor premium my ar5e they don’t even want the pigs. Sorry for the negativity my glass is not half full today!
 

radar

Member
Mixed Farmer
How’s everyone out there getting on with keeping the numbers moving. Both weaner and finished sellers. Seems a perfect storm of reduced demand lowered abattoir throughputs and cheaper imports floating around. Email from red tractor with a few more new addons, new crop wheat prices lifting. Red tractor premium my ar5e they don’t even want the pigs. Sorry for the negativity my glass is not half full today!
Yes had enough here - destock happening. Capital investment required to meet future slurry/environment regs cannot be justified. Just sent load of sows away and after haulage etc £50 each!! Loosing money which ever way you turn.
 
Very badly. I produce about 500 8kg weaners per week. About a month ago the large integrator that I have sold to since November gave me three weeks notice owing to lack of space, last in first out.

Luckily a neighbour has a lot of redundant outdoor weaner kennels and they have been kindly delivering them.

Meanwhile, we are cutting the herd back from 1250 to 420 sows, culling up to mid pregnancy, and going to finish the 200 or so a week progeny free range.
Then reassess.
 

Pan mixer

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Near Colchester
Very badly. I produce about 500 8kg weaners per week. About a month ago the large integrator that I have sold to since November gave me three weeks notice owing to lack of space, last in first out.

Luckily a neighbour has a lot of redundant outdoor weaner kennels and they have been kindly delivering them.

Meanwhile, we are cutting the herd back from 1250 to 420 sows, culling up to mid pregnancy, and going to finish the 200 or so a week progeny free range.
Then reassess.
That is really irksome about the integrator, unfortunately they have a history of that kind of thing. I am still clinging on but the cash flow took such a hit earlier this year that my hamster wheel is spinning faster than I like. It would be nicer if the cull sows actually came to money.
 

Nukemall

Member
I'm not so sure that the demand isn't there, I think the processing difficulties mean it is more cost effective for them to import the cuts they want.
It will be interesting to see how much pigmeat was imported end of last year beginning of this year, and also see what the processors profits are like when they are announced.
The commodity price gamblers are not going to help our situation either.
 

l'ordinary bonville

Member
BASE UK Member
Location
N Yorks
I am looking for a source of store pigs to be a regular 500 every fortnight or 1000 every 4 weeks.
Trouble is i need RT not freedom foods
Anyone able to produce these numbers long term? Will be finished indoor on slats
 

Batty

Member
With pigs being cancelled/ rolled was wondering what the red tractor premium is on pigs that don’t have a market this week. Wonder if red tractor want to give us a refund for money obtained under false pretence.
 

midlandslad

Member
Location
Midlands
Peter Crichton is talking next spring for an upturn in the market now. A long time to wait for those losing £20 per pig. Interesting to see more adverts for pig space required in the FW from BQP and Cranswick.
 

Speculative coverage on the gene editing consultation response

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Speculative coverage on the gene editing consultation response

Written by Defra Press Office

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There has been coverage today in the I and the Guardian, reporting on speculation around the upcoming government response to the recent Gene Editing consultation, which closed on 17th March.

A full government response, which will include a thorough analysis and summary of the responses to the consultation and which will set out our next steps, will be published in due course.

Gene editing has the ability to harness the genetic resources that mother nature has provided, such as breeding...
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