According to Pig World, at the end of December 2019, “latest figures published by HMRC show a 20% year-on-year increase in UK pork exports in October… [when] pork exports were at a record high of 25,100 tonnes.” Clearly, this is good news for farmers, but even more so is the fact that in addition to the increase in volume exported, the overall value of supplies increased to a rate 60% higher than a year earlier.
While there were large declines in the export of offal (dropping by almost 23%), across the board pork exports generally rose by at least three percent or more. Because this was an unpredictable set of changes (most experts agree it is almost impossible to predict the pork market from year to year), it has forced many farmers in the UK to adapt to the demands.
This calls for farming methods that allow and support such rapid-fire adaptations, and housing is the first area that has to respond to sudden shifts. Consider what the Pig Site reported at the end of December 2019: “2019 has indeed been the year of the pig,” in spite of massive losses due to ASF. They noted that predictions for a post-Brexit pork market are vague at best but suggest that little change will occur in the EU market, aligning UK pork producers with options to enjoy the expected, global increase in demand.
According to that same report, 2020 is expected to see demands increase around the world by at least six percent.
UK and Irish pork farmers must be able to rapidly adapt to the demands and ensure that none of the risks to biosecurity that have all but hobbled production in parts of Asia are eliminated. The option for bespoke pig housing with innovations meant to support major growth is an essential component of success. IDS Pigs has the type of equipment that allows the most competitive farming possible and remains the top supplier in the industry.