UK’s National Pig Association confirms that on-farm culls have begun

A news release from the National Pig Association (NPA) states that welfare culls have started on some farms and stresses that culls could become more widespread unless solutions to the labor crunch are identified.
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NPA chairman Rob Mutimer added: “There are now producers actively euthanizing piglets - they have run out of room. They are tending to euthanize the younger ones and get the older ones away as they can.”

Processors have stressed that they are operating at the maximum capacity that staff numbers allow and, in some cases, they have taken steps to ease the backlog by putting on extra kills, albeit delivering lower returns to producers in order to keep things moving.

Despite this, the situation is not markedly improving Mr Mutimer said, and is much worse in some supply chains than others and on some farms than others. Mr Mutimer stressed that things need to improve rapidly before the next pinch point.

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