August 30, 2022


Pig farming in Northern Ireland under pressure from rising costs



Northern Ireland's pig farming industry is under severe threat due to the cost of living crisis, according to sector leaders.


The Ulster Farmers' Union said a combination of challenges, including rising feed and energy costs have put farmers under increasing pressure. UFU deputy president John McLenaghan said that some farmers in England have stopped production due to soaring production costs.


He insisted that intervention is needed to prevent that happening here.


"It's a severe threat. These guys are suffering losses month after month," McLenaghan said. If they're going to stay in business they need to see support to get them out of this situation.


"The only way they're surviving is by extending overdrafts and loans."


County Down farmer Edgar Carson told UTV that feed prices and energy bills have doubled over the last year. He says he has making a loss for six months.


"There is a certain level of anxiety as you never know if you're making money or not," Carson said. "The price of grain varies so much and energy bills are soaring."


Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has recently met with representatives from the agri-food sector. He said contingency work is taking place across the devolved regions to offer help to farmers.


Those on the ground have called for that help to be substantial and insist it must come quickly.



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