Memorandum submitted by the Royal Agricultural
College, Cirencester (M 9)
Thank you for allowing the Royal Agricultural
College to put in a submission about the pig industry.
The timescale for the outgoers scheme makes
the assistance almost irrelevant.
|Pigmeat Imports '000 tonnes
||36%||39% of total consumption
|Pigmeat UK Consumption '000 tonnes
|Cost of production £/Kg deadweight
The proposed pig outgoers scheme is help for an ailing industry
but if the producers of this country are matching the market requirements
why is it necessary to take out UK production when the country
is not self sufficient in pig products?
3. Imports are going up (Table 1). Consumption is static
The cost of production in the UK is higher than in other
European countries partly due to UK government legislation (Table
The quality production cannot secure a premium because labelling
is difficult particularly in the catering sector.
It is therefore extremely difficult to market differentiate
I hope these comments are of interest.
30 November 2000