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Workshop on Managing Feed Price Volatility

by 5m Editor
5 November 2010, at 9:31am

UK - BPEX and the National Pig Association (NPA) have joined forces to hold a series of risk management workshops to help producers manage their businesses while feed prices are so volatile.

Feed represents more than 60 per cent of a pig producer's costs and over the past three months there have been unprecedented increases in feed wheat prices globally.

These are bound to have a major impact on all English pig businesses at a time of weakening retail prices and declining prices.

To help producers tackle these problems, BPEX and the National Pig Association (NPA) have joined forces to hold a series of risk management workshops to highlight what tools are available to help protect businesses from these volatile prices, their potential benefits and their limitations.

BPEX Head of Communication, Andrew Knowles, said: "This volatility in feed prices and its impact on profitability echoes events in 2007/08.

"Given predictions on climate change and increases in global population and demand for feed grains, it is expected that similar volatility can be expected in future years."

The workshops are being led by Offre Demande Agricole, which is a French company that has been offering training and expertise in this area for a number of years in France to arable and pig producers.

Following this series of short workshops BPEX will be arranging more extensive training for businesses interested in actively using the tools.

The details of the workshops are:

  • NPA South - 1 December. Newbury Rugby Club
  • NPA East - 2 December. Brome Grange, Eye
  • NPA North - 6 December 6. The Crown, Boroughbridge

Each meeting is from 16:30 to 18:30, and includes a buffet from 16:00.

If you wish to attend one of the workshops, contact Sonia Bryson, email [email protected] or phone 02476 478790.