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Catastrophic: SA pig farmers, lot feeders closing as pork and beef prices will not cover the huge cost of buying barley, at highest price ever, $360 a tonne

Posted by waterweek on 17 September 2007

Mr Ivan Venning , Member for Schubert, told the House of Assembly, South Australia, 11 September 2007: ” I do not know what the answer is, but the house must realise the catastrophic situation we are in:

• The pig farmers and the lot feeders are closing down because the pork and beef prices will not cover the huge cost of buying barley at, say, $360 a tonne. That is the highest price ever, and it is a total aberration because there is no barley.

• The meat meal costs have gone through the roof, so they cannot afford to raise pigs. It is the same with the eggs and broilers for the chooks, and I assume that they would be affected in the same way. It is a very sad situation, and I hope that the minister and others can come on side and, with the federal government, address this situation. Of course, if it rains tonight, it might solve the problem”.

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