Pig farmers seek increases Jagoe to take helm at Macra IGA set to host reseeding day
With European pig exports up 30pc on the same time last year, Irish pig producers are calling for some profits in the supply chain to be passed back to them.
IFA pigs chairman Tim Cullinan said the oversupply of pigs in the EU was almost dissipated and pigmeat exports from Ireland were very strong.
European pig prices have been rising every week since the middle of January due to the strengthening European export performance in Europe.
Despite this, the EU average price is now 13c/kg higher than Ireland's and farmers are still losing money on each pig sold.
Jagoe to take helm at Macra
Alan Jagoe, Macra na Feirme's president-elect, will officially take up his new position at the helm of the organisation at its national AGM later this week.
The dairy, beef and tillage farmer will be joined by his newly elected team of vice-presidents: Kieran O'Dowd representing the North West region; William Holohan representing Leinster and Tommy Moyles in Munster.
The AGM takes place this Saturday at the Cavan Crystal Hotel and will include the All-Ireland debating final, where Mitchelstown Macra and Athboy Macra go head to head.