Minister visits local producer but…What’s that got to do with the price of eggs?

CONSUMERS could face a price rise in eggs – they could become more eggspensive – on the back of soaring production costs.

With little government subsidies available for intensive primary production, Days Eggs managing director, Dion Andary, put their current plight to State Primary Industries Minister, Tim Whetstone, when he visited the Lower Light facility on Thursday.

Mr Whetstone joined Narungga MP, Fraser Ellis, on the visit. Days Eggs employs 90 locals over its eight sites around SA.

The two MPs met with Mr Andary, his wife Anne, and livestock technical manager, Jessica Spencer, to discuss the national viability of the egg industry, particularly the flow on effects of the drought on feed prices.

“We have been enduring a 30 per cent feed increase in feed cost over the past eight months, with no egg price increase,” Mr Andary said.

“Grain makes up to 80 per cent of the feed mix, and overall, feed makes up more than 70 per cent of the cost of production.”

With all of the rising costs due to the drought, a static egg price and no drought relief for intensive industries, he felt it would be easy to see an increase in egg prices on the horizon for
consumers.

Like other intensive food producers, the egg industry needs support from both consumers and shops alike, so considering the flow on effects from the drought seem to have been forgotten in this type of industry, a small price increase doesn’t seem unreasonable.

“We are proud of what we do and grow a world class and affordable product, so people can have eggs whenever they want them,” Mr Andary said.

The Minister’s visit was part of a fact-finding period for Mr Whetstone.

From dung beetles to vineyards and livestock, Mr Whetstone said he is learning what SA can do every day, and said primary producers should be applauded for their efforts in research and development, and growing and supplying ‘world class products.’

“These visits have given me a great perspective of what industry means to the regions,” he said.

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