BRITISH pig production could be transformed after Tesco announced plans for a sustainable farming group for pigs.
The National Pig Association (NPA) has worked with the supermarket group to introduce the new supply contracts, which will include an unprecedented level of transparency in the supply chain for high-welfare, independently-audited British pork.
The new Tesco whole-carcass supply group will be administered by a farmer-led committee which will review prices every month, taking into account the impact of feed costs on cost of production.
NPA general manager Dr Zoe Davies said: “British pig-keepers have been plagued by short-term supply chains and volatile costs, which have prevented them from investing for the future.
“The new direct supply contracts announced by Tesco should be available for around 140 pig-keepers early next year, and in NPA’s view could help transform British pig production.”
The NPA is working with Tesco to highlight the new group and is interested in hearing from pig producers who are interested in joining.
NPA chairman Richard Longthorp said: “This transparency and the direct linking of pig price to increasingly volatile costs should bring benefits to the whole chain through fairer sharing of risk and reward.”
The NPA is currently campaigning for fairer deals for pig farmers amid concerns many may have to leave the industry because high costs are making it unsustainable.