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Brits and Danes may work together on pig price

by 5m Editor
21 August 2007, at 8:22am

UK - This morning NPA and BPEX chairman Stewart Houston spoke to Bent Claudy Larsen, his counterpart at the Danish Bacon and Meat CounciL, about the European pig price crisis.

The two men agreed on the scale of the problem facing European pig producers and plan to meet in a few days for further talks. NPA and BPEX also plan to involve Germany, Holland and perhaps Spain in collaborative action to prevent further melt-down in the European pig sector.

Stewart Houston has also spoken to food and farming minister Jeff Rooker. The minister praised the industry for the self-help measures it has planned and pledged his support. A further meeting is planned mid-week.

Following their telephone conference on Friday, the board of BPEX have arranged an emergency meeting at Peterborough this coming Thursday, 23 August. A raft of measures will be discussed including possibly suspending the levy.

Top of tomorrow's NPA and BPEX agenda will be to try and get the foot-and-mouth 50km-100km movement limits increased.

5m Editor