THE prolonged impact of drought, compounded by record levels of pig meat imports and a strong Australian dollar affecting exports, have brought Australia’s pork industry to its knees.
WA Pork Producers Association executive officer Russell Cox estimated some WA pig producers could be losing up to $16 a head, depending on their risk management strategies.
Mr Cox said a month ago one producer had paid $250 for a tonne of wheat which had since risen to $350/t.
“A $10/t increase in feed grain equates to about a 5c/kg rise in the cost of production,” he said.
Mr Cox said the WA pig slaughter fell by more than 100,000 pigs from the 2004 to 2007 financial years, which resulted in a 6289t drop in pigmeat production.