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Efficiency a must

by 5m Editor
6 March 2006, at 12:00am

UK - To survive in the unsupported sector of pig production there has to be a desire for technical efficiency. And that will be on the minds of prospective viewers looking at an opportunity in East Yorkshire, where one farming concern is offering a 2000-sow multi-site pig operation to the market to concentrate on other enterprises. It's a move likely to attract domestic and, possibly, mainland EU interest, says one joint agent. This business offers both size and self-containment having its own multiplication, finishing and feed mill elements that may attract overseas players. No doubt prospective viewers will know the sector has been through difficult times in recent years. The price crash in the 1990s, reinvestment demanded for the stall-and-tether ban, and foot-and-mouth still weigh heavily on operators' minds, say observers. But there is better news. The DAPP is currently just over 31/kg deadweight, allowing efficient producers to make a profit, albeit below the heady heights of the last decade. Source: Fwi

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