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Report finds wide variation in pig farm performance

by 5m Editor
23 August 2007, at 8:17am

UK - Average income from pig farming in England approached 330,000 in 2005/06 according to a new report - but many producers lost money, highlighting a wide variation in performance.

The findings are detailed in Pig Production in England by Askham Bryan College.

The results are from farms that generate at least two-thirds of their output from pig production and show how price fluctuations of the late ‘90s have given way to more stable pig prices in recent years.

On average, pig farms returned a net farm income of £29,000 per farm, but one-quarter of farms failed to make a positive net farm income return.

The report examines gross and net margins in specialist pig production. Those units with the highest net margins were farms taking pigs to weaners.

The report was largely funded by Defra as part of the annual Farm Business Survey. Askham Bryan College is a member of the Farm Business Survey Consortium, which consists of a number of agricultural universities and colleges in England. Other farm survey reports in the series can also be found at the link above.

5m Editor