Pig producers hold more hope for future

Pig producers are still lacking in confidence, but are more optimistic about what the future might hold, according to the latest research from BPEX.

The results of the latest BPEX confidence survey, which has been has been running since 2006, have just been analysed and show that, while overall confidence is half what it was in 2005 and fewer producers are looking at investing in buildings, 34% of producers are optimistic about the future and all sectors reported improved competitiveness against UK business. In relation to EU competitors, 42% reported an improvement, compared with only 13% in 2007.

BPEX head of supply chain development Andrew Knowles said: “One of the key findings was when we looked at the factors likely to limit output – and the lack of skilled labour was cited by 13% of producers and 14% of processors. This is something of which the industry is aware and steps are being taken to improve training and attract and retain new staff.

“It was also gratifying to see the industry generally does use the services provided by BPEX and also values them highly.”

The survey also included a section where those taking part could put forward suggestions for ideas and services BPEX could provide in future. Suggestions included stronger links between Allied Industry Groups and BPEX, increased information on the feed market and a recording bureau to give a comparison of farm performance against the rest of the industry.