British farmers urge government and public to “save our bacon” as pig cull looms

Britain's pig farmers are warning of a pork crisis unless the government urgently eased an acute shortage of abattoir workers and butchers that has left up to 150,000 pigs backed up on farms and facing a costly cull.
calendar icon 4 October 2021
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"Yes the industry needs to train English people, and it needs to become more automated, we know that, and it's happening, there's massive investment going into these facilities to reduce the dependence on foreign labor."

Mutimer said some factories were increasing wages by 15% and looking to invest more in technology as they faced up to the fact that the industry had relied on cheap labor for too long. For now though, they need government support and retailers to keep buying.

Adding to the pressure, he said his farm's own food costs had gone up by 35% in the last year.

"This is crucifying my finances because the food cost of feeding these extra pigs is horrendous, cash flow of not selling enough pigs is horrendous and on top of that pigs were in a position where they weren't making money anyway," he said.

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