THE cost of producing pigs is rising faster in Europe than in the UK.
New figures in the BPEX Cost of Production Report showed that British pig producers’ costs increased by 7%, less that the 12% European average.
The data was collected from InterPIG report, which uses statistics from 2011 and looks at costs in selected European countries as well as Canada, Brazil and the US.
Feed price rises started earlier in the UK but domestic producers also boosted most areas of physical performance.
BPEX head of knowledge transfer Andrew Knowles said: "We are improving year-on-year, but so is the rest of Europe and we need to close the gap faster.
"There is some good news for the industry in the report, but there are still challenges which need to be overcome.
"For example, the overall average number of pigs weaned per sow per year in the European InterPIG countries showed a 2% increase in 2011, while there was a 3% increase in pigs weaned per sow in Great Britain.”