Pig bosses are “bitterly disappointed” at Cranswick

The National Pig Association (NPA) and producers are “bitterly disappointed” at Cranswick’s decision to drop out of the Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) sample.

With 30% fewer pigs being monitored in the DAPP samples, Cranswick’s decision to withdraw from the voluntary price reporting survey could have consequences for accurate monitoring.

Acting general manager at the National Pig Association (NPA) Lizzie Press said: “NPA and producers alike are bitterly disappointed at Cranswick’s lack of support at a time when the industry desperately needs to reinvest for the future.”

Bpex previously stated that the move by Cranswick saw a drop in pig samples from around 115,000 to 78,000 and expressed concern with how the other partners in the DAPP will react.

Press explained: “If it is just Cranswick who ceases reporting into the DAPP then it will continue, as the number of pigs will still be statistically valid to provide an accurate representation.

“The fear, however, is that other processors may soon follow suit, making the DAPP completely untenable. In this event Bpex, supported by NPA, will seek an alternative, but still robust, auditable and transparent price reporting mechanism utilising sellers’ price as opposed to buyers’ price data, a great opportunity for marketing groups.”

The companies who are left contributing to the DAPP are H G  Blake, Cheale Meats, F A Gill, Tulip, Karro, Dunbia, Woodhead Bros and Lamberts.

Cranswick declined to comment on its decision.

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