High animal feed prices hurting pig farmers

The rising cost of animal feed is threatening the livelihood of many pig farmers in the West Country.

That's according to the National Pig Association (NPA) which says poor weather across the globe has impacted on crop growth.

The knock-on effect has seen a hike in feed prices by 25% in the last year. This is pushing up the cost of production.

The NPA says that if the cost of feed continues to rise, one in ten pig farmers in the South West could be forced out of business by Christmas.

In a survey, 10 per cent of farmers said they were struggling to cover the extra costs, a situation made worse by supermarkets reluctant to pay more for pork products.

The Association says it hopes public support will help keep farmers in business in the year ahead.