Pig selling era draws to close at Merredin

30 Jan, 2002 10:00 PM

DWINDLING pig numbers have sealed the fate of the Merredin pig facility, which will be closed after the February 28 sale.

Elders pig section manager John Watkins said the lack of supply was caused by more pigs going directly to the trade while some growers in the district had also left the industry due to tighter margins.

"Although pig prices are good, the margins are tight for a seven-day-a-week operation," he said.

"We can always sell the pigs at Merredin but we can't get enough in there."

Mr Watkins said there had also been a trend for processors to start financing alliances with growers, which also helped reduce the number of pigs available for sale.

The Merredin sale had alternated each week with Narrogin where sales would continue as usual.

Mr Watkins said about 35,000 pigs were sold at WA saleyards in the past year with this number down on previous years.

He said that despite the reduced number of pigs at saleyards, the overall outlook for pig producers was good.


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