Profit and Welfare Crucial for Pig and Poultry16 May 2013
UK - The pig and poultry sectors have invested millions on new welfare systems and it is essential that these farmers can now run their businesses at a profit, NFU President Peter Kendall told the industry yesterday (Wednesday).
Mr Kendall outlined a number of challenges for the sectors, including the need for science-based animal welfare standards, a reversal of falling profit margins, a requirement for welfare organisations to recognise the large strides farmers have made and the necessity of producing meat and eggs to meet a range of consumer demands.
Speaking before the event at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, the NFU President said: "Both the pig and poultry sectors have invested heavily in meeting new European welfare standards but the challenges do not end there.
"It is vital that the industry can meet productivity demands – our ambition is to put more British products on British dinner plates - while meeting strict standards for animal welfare. Pig and poultry farmers care for their livestock and their health and welfare has a direct effect on farm profitability. There is no room for poor results as margins are small.
"At the same time, the industry and the food supply chain need to educate consumers on the welfare standards already in place. Farmers can, and do, produce food to suit a number of purse-strings and, in all cases, welfare is a key priority.
"But there are a number of other challenges as well, not to mention climate change, food consumption changes and the need to improve on-farm incomes and encourage investment. The bottom line is that we need to ensure that we have profitable and long-term futures for both the pig and poultry industries in this country which can meet the increasing demand for British products."
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