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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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‘This has resulted in the discrepancy of €7.00/pig’

Pig prices April 2021

There is currently an 8c/kg pig price differential between the north of Ireland and the southern region.

That is according to chairman of the IFA pigs committee, Roy Gallie, who called on pig processors, Rosderra and Kepak, to “meet what others in the market are paying”.

“This is totally unacceptable given that the trend in the majority of EU markets and in the UK is steadily upwards. It’s extremely important, not only for the pig farmer, but also for the trade to move upwards. The momentum has to be maintained when it is justified,” he said.

“Suppliers to both Dawn Pork & Bacon and Staunton’s, both pig factories based in the southern half of the country, who were already 4c/kg ahead of their northern counterparts, received a further 4c/kg increase this week. This was justified and is badly needed to cover sharply increasing feed costs,” he said.

Pig prices April 2021 

He said Rosderra and Kepak did not increase their quoted pig price. He said “this has resulted in the discrepancy of €7.00 per pig” and “pig farmers are out of pocket”.

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“It is particularly galling when you read that, yet another farm will be taken over this weekend by the processing industry.”

“It would be better for all if the processors stuck to processing and paying a better price to the farmer, rather than investing in pig production themselves on the back of withholding overdue price increases,” he concluded.

“They have to align themselves with the rest of the country and raise the pig price this Friday by a minimum of 8 cent/kg,”

Irish Pig Health Society 2021 symposium

The Irish Pig Health Society (IPHS) will hold their 2021 Symposium virtually as a series of three webinars held across May 5th, 12th, and 19th.

The IPHS Symposium is the largest annual pig event in Ireland and traditionally attracts attendees to Ireland from all areas of the pig industry.

President of the IPHS, Dr Carla Gomes, said: “The aim of this year’s virtual symposium series is to provide practical solutions for producers and industry stakeholders so that Irish farmers can access tools to help them continue to thrive as the sector evolves.”

All three webinars will begin at 7 pm each evening and run until 8:30 pm.

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