With pork costs rising, Great Britain is facing a bacon and sausage shortage as pig farmers cut back on herd size. As if times weren’t precarious enough, it seems the problem may soon become global.
In a recent press release, the U.K.’s National Pig Association (“fighting for the growth and prosperity of the British pig industry” is their motto) is warning that a “world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable“:
New data shows the European Union pig herd is declining at a significant rate, and this is a trend that is being mirrored around the world. Pig farmers have been plunged into loss by high pig-feed costs, caused by the global failure of maize and soya harvests. All main European pig-producing countries report shrinking sow herds.
“Worldwide pork shortage predicted” – National Pig Association September 4th, 2012
Financial Times reports that this past season’s droughts in North America and Russia are to blame for the spike in prices for grain crops, which are used to feed animals.
As of August, nearly half of all counties in the U.S. were considered disaster areas due to extreme dryness and heat.
Some U.S. farmers have taken to extreme measures to feed their livestock and save money at the same time, including one Kentucky farmer who fed his cattle candy “just to survive.”