The IFA is calling on pig factories to increase prices, saying they’ve been cut by 32c/kg since the pandemic hit in March.

Pig committee chair Tom Hogan said that since the last cut in May, there had been signs of improvement across the home market and in the EU.

“The increased retail demand needs to be returned to the farmers in the form of a justifiable price increase,” he said.

German factory closure

Tom Hogan called on all pig factories to increase the pig price to at least €1.70c/kg and said that while the closure of a factory in Germany where Irish sows are processed had affected prices, they wouldn’t allow this to be used as an excuse by factories.

He said that there was continued strong demand from China due to their own national herd being devastated by African Swine Fever.

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