Fram Farmers Pig Group is perhaps the ultimate example of Farmer Co operation. Over the years it has helped Farm Businesses avoid the high input costs which many other producers incurred. Biannually it secures a 2 year raw material plus contract with a feed manufacturer and then waits until it feels the time is right to lock in the raw materials. It employs its own nutritionist and was the driving force behind the Fram Farmers Veterinary and Medicine department.
The Pig Group, formed over 13 years ago, maintains its focus on wanting Independent advice , controlling their costs, maximise margins, and be certain of exactly what goes into their rations. They have been able to draw on, and contribute to, the vast pool of industry knowledge which exists within the co-operative.
Co-ordinated by Gary Pleasance, who is based at the Fram Farmers office, the Group represents producers managing in excess of 10,000 sows. The membership includes some of the more forward thinking pig producers in East Anglia.
The bulk of the Pig Group’s Members are out door units and are situated on the light land in Suffolk and Norfolk.
The Pig Group has a huge economic advantage over any individual producer when it comes to buying feed, so they can buy better and that helps them to remain independent.