Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Prices of Fat Pigs.

Thursday, 29 October 1953

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 142 No. 7

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[936]Dr. Esmonde: Information on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Zoom on Anthony Charles Esmonde  asked the Minister for Agriculture if he is aware of the variations in the prices paid to producers for fat pigs; and, if so, if he will make a statement indicating the relationship between these prices and the price of bacon which is unvariable in price.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Walsh): Information on Thomas Walsh  Zoom on Thomas Walsh  There is nothing I can usefully add to my reply to the Deputy's question in this matter on 23rd October, 1952.

Dr. Esmonde: Information on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Zoom on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Could the Minister not give any indication as to why the price of fat pigs is not stable? It seems extraordinary that if the price of bacon is stable—it never comes down—the price of fat pigs comes down?

Mr. Walsh:  I answered that question in 1952 and if the Deputy looks up the records of the House he will find it.

Dr. Esmonde: Information on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Zoom on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Would the Minister refresh my memory?

Mr. Walsh:  The answer is that pigs are bought on quality. There is a variation in price because of the quality of the pigs purchased.

Dr. Esmonde: Information on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Zoom on Anthony Charles Esmonde  It is not a question of quality. It is a question of the fair. You go into a certain fair and pigs are a certain price. It is a question of the market for the day, which is rising and falling all the time. The farmers cannot understand why they cannot get stabilised prices when there is no change in the price of bacon.

Mr. Smith: Information on Patrick Smith  Zoom on Patrick Smith  Does that not happen in all trading?

Dr. Esmonde: Information on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Zoom on Anthony Charles Esmonde  No.

Mr. Smith: Information on Patrick Smith  Zoom on Patrick Smith  Of course it does.


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