Organic market crying out for 'every part of pig'

UK - British pig farmers are missing a golden opportunity to go organic and supply the growing premium section of the market in exchange for a healthy margin, according to one the country's biggest organic producer.

Tim Finney, managing director of Eastbrook Farms Organic Meat in Wilts, says the organic market is crying out for every part of the pig.

"There is an acute shortage building up, which means we can't do everything we want to do with the business.

People are scrabbling for every bit of product." The organic sector saw retail sales grow 11% last year to 31.2bn and Eastbrook turned over more than 34m on its pig operations, much sold under the Helen Browning brand.

At present it buys 550 organic pigs a week - about 50% of the UK total, but more is needed, Mr Finney says.

"We need existing producers to expand and people new to this game to feed in sows from a standing start."

Mick Sloyan of the British Pig Executive agreed that there was an opportunity in the organic sector, but urged farmers to do the sums before converting.

Source: FWi
calendar icon 31 March 2006
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