Feed company joins effort to save pig industry

A specialised pig and poultry feed company has joined the fight to save the embattled British pig industry.

Associated British Nutrition (ABN) has entered into ongoing talks with the British Pig Executive (BPEX) and is working closely with British producers, processors and retailers to help them minimise the impact of rising feed costs following the steep increase in world demand for wheat and corn.

ABN managing director Alan Murphy said: "We are explaining raw material issues to retailers, processors and producers and using our expertise to help customers develop strategies to reduce feed costs.

"It's also about how the feed you buy can add value to the final product. Thinking like this can often mean the difference between success and failure."

BPEX chief executive Mick Sloyan confirmed that the pig-producer organisation and ABN were "working together in various areas to tackle the current crisis facing the industry".

ABN customer services manager Stephen Newland said: "We are tailoring our services to provide individual customers - large and small - with exactly what they need, as well as working with BPEX.

"We are also providing producers with detailed information about the market so they are far better informed about when it's best to buy, as well as how to modify their feed regimes to ensure they are getting the most cost-effective rations for their pigs."

Newland added that ABN, which is partnering the British Pig & Poultry Fair at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on May 13 and 14, is also linking up the supply chain and encouraging pig producers to use other parts of the business - such as Allied Livestock Marketing (ALM) - to help maximise their returns.

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