A video of farmer and FCN volunteer Leighton Snelgrove discussing the challenges affecting pig farmers and how FCN can support is available here:

A passionate video featuring a livestock farmer talking about the challenges affecting the sector and how farm support charity The Farming Community Network (FCN) can help has been released today.

The video, featuring sheep and cattle farmer and FCN volunteer Leighton Snelgrove, reminds everyone across agriculture that FCN and other support organisations are here to listen and support during this difficult time – and that no one is alone in dealing with the challenges.

Labour shortages and supply chain complications have caused significant issues across the pig industry, putting many pigs at risk of being culled to ease pressures on space and causing farmers, vets and others across the supply chain a significant amount of stress and a loss of income. These issues have also affected many other farming sectors.  

In the video, Leighton says: “There’s a huge crisis occurring in the pig industry today. A lack of staff in abattoirs, a lack of HGV drivers, the post-CO2 problem and the cost of pork per kilo – it’s all having a huge impact on pig farmers and the wider industry. This is now resulting in pig farmers not choosing to – but having to – cull young, healthy pigs.

“FCN is aware of the problem, and we want to reassure pig farmers, the vets, the slaughterhouse workers and others in the industry that we are here to talk to, to reassure you, and to walk with you during this time.” 

Jude McCann, FCN CEO, said: “FCN is here to support everyone in the farm community. We recognise the particular pressures currently on our pig industry, food processors and poultry sector and the issues this is causing for farmers, vets and others across the supply chain. We are all part of the same agricultural community and none of us are alone in dealing with these issues. Our volunteers are farming people and they understand the unique pressures involved in agriculture. We’re here to help.”

If you know someone who you feel would benefit from talking to FCN, they can be contacted on 𝟎𝟑𝟎𝟎𝟎 𝟏𝟏𝟏 𝟗𝟗𝟗 (7am-11pm, 365 days of the year) 𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩@𝐟𝐜𝐧.𝐨𝐫𝐠.𝐮𝐤.

FCN would also like to remind those affected by the current issues in the pig industry to speak to the National Pig Association (NPA), National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and fellow pig farmers, as well as other farm support charities.


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