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Long-Term, Returns will Improve says NZ Pork Chief

by 5m Editor
2 May 2008, at 9:44am

NEW ZEALAND - Further to comments made earlier this week that low NZ pork prices would bolster consumption, Sam McIvor, chief executive of New Zealand Pork says that producers will have to bide their time until the benefits from cheap pork reach them.

Pork may be the cheapest meat in retail cabinets, but it will be consumers, not farmers, who capitalise, at least for the next six months, he said in a report for The Press. 0

A world glut of imported pork had helped to put pork in the unenviable position of being the cheapest meat in New Zealand and although this 0was a good deal for consumers at a time when people were watching their budgets, it's not so good for producers.

"New Zealand producers might be losing $30 to $50 a pig, but we are not unique and basically the world over is losing money as a result of the big liquidity of herds," 0 said Mr McIvor.

He said cheaper prices would eventually drive greater demand to raise returns for producers.
A survey by the pork organisation last month found pork prices were, overall, cheaper than beef, lamb or chicken across 28 cuts of meat in 12 stores in the Auckland and the Waikato areas.

View the Press story by clicking here.
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