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World Pork Shortage Good News for Australian Farmers

3 October 2012, at 9:29am

AUSTRALIA - Australian pig farmers say a world shortage of bacon could be good for the local industry.

The National Pig Association of Britain says rising feed prices across the globe mean a bacon and pork shortage is unavoidable, reports ABCRural.

But in Australia three quarters of the bacon consumed is imported and farmers are hoping a price rise for pig meat will make them competitive on world markets.

Northern Victorian pig farmer John Bourke says he's not a believer in the bacon shortage, but he does hope it happens.

"We've been strangled by the imports and lack of market share to grow our industry," he said.

"We've got the capability to grow our market but we need support.

"It's a great opportunity to show when there is a country with short supply it would have to be cheaper to use local product than import it."

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