Sharon Davies Heads to London in Support of British Pig Farmers

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Hundreds of pig farmers from around the country and a team of celebrity supporters, including Sharon Davies, Christine Hamilton and Liz McClarnon will descend on Downing Street today (3rd March) to campaign for a fair deal from supermarkets and processors.

The British pig industry is facing huge losses following a dramatic rise in animal feed costs over the past six months.

At today’s rally outside Downing Street farmers’ leaders will call for a fair price for pig farmers from supermarkets and processors. They will ask MPs and peers for their support, hand in a petition to No.10 Downing Street and encourage consumers to continue to back British products by looking out for the Red Tractor when buying pork, sausage, bacon and ham.

Pig farmers won a temporary reprieve in 2008 when they faced a similar crisis. “The situation today is worse,” said Barney Kay. “Feed prices look set to stay high for the foreseeable future.  Most farmers are currently losing around £20 per pig produced which is obviously disastrous.  We need around another 30p per kilo to break even.

“This is an SOS to supermarkets, processors, consumers and MPs. We are inviting supporters to come to the rally outside Downing Street today to show their support and Sign our Sausage.”

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