Spanish pig producers squealing

SPAIN - Spanish pig industry association Anprogapor says its members are struggling with rising feed costs. It estimates that 15 per cent of the 70,000 pig producers in Spain have now ceased production.

Production costs are currently around €1.20 per kilo of delivered weight, while market prices half-way through 2007 were reaching around €0.90, says a report in All About Feed.

Anprogapor says the situation is unsustainable and says that around 200,000 sows have been taken out of production. The result has brought an increase in market prices, but it's not high enough for more farmers to reach profitable levels.