Stockland pig farmer hosts MP visit
PUBLISHED: 13:36 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:43 15 June 2010
A STOCKLAND pig farmer is hosting an MP s visit to show the problems the industry is facing. Robin Bright, who farms at Broadhayes Farm, is hosting East Devon MP Hugo Swire s visit, organised by the National Pig Association. Mr Bright, who has reared pig
A STOCKLAND pig farmer is hosting an MP's visit to show the problems the industry is facing.
Robin Bright, who farms at Broadhayes Farm, is hosting East Devon MP Hugo Swire's visit, organised by the National Pig Association.
Mr Bright, who has reared pigs for nearly 30 years, said: "There are two main problems facing the industry. Over-regulation and the amount paid to the farmer for his produce by the supermarkets. The farmer typically receives less than a third of the price paid by the consumer. That's blatantly unfair.
"Our overseas competitors don't have the same compliance regime which is enforced in the UK so they don't have the same costs. Their methods of production would be illegal in the UK."
He added that the UK is exporting pig feed to other countries and then importing their pig meat. Where he once produced 7,500 pigs a year he now has to produce 14,000.
He said: "Because of the costs of meeting yet another raft of regulations I have now got to produce 14,000 pigs a year. I can't keep on increasing like this indefinitely just to stay in business. If the pig producing industry disappears then the UK will be at the mercy of overseas suppliers."
Mr Swire's visit is in response to the Association's new campaign called Pigs are worth it. The campaign is targeting MPs as well as raising the profile of the UK's unsurpassed standards of production on the consumer. More information is available on the website www.pigsareworthit.com