Northern Ireland price gap termed “not acceptable”

The current differential between the Northern Ireland pig price and the GB equivalent is “just not acceptable” according to a leading Ulster farmers’ marketing group, whose agm in March will focus on how to address the situation.

“Although we recognise that market conditions remain sluggish, the current differential between our price and GB is just not acceptable,” said Progressive Lean Pigs (PLP) chairman, Raymond Cuddy, adding that producers working together is the only way to resolve this in the long term.

Speaking ahead of next month’s PLP agm and open meeting in Omagh, Mr Cuddy urged all producers to come along and see how the marketing group works, stating that the event would mark the celebration of another successful year for PLP.

The open meeting session will feature presentations by CEVA’s Paul Penny, talking on synchronising production flows, and Scottish Pig Producers’ (SPP) Andy McGowan, who will look at the market situation, including the operation of the marketing partnership between PLP and SPP.

The PLP members-only agm is at 6.30pm on March 3 at the Silver Birch Hotel in Omagh. The open meeting and supper starts at 7pm

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