Cage size laws are the last straw
The South Australian Farmers Federation (SAFF) says
that local production of eggs could fall by up to 80 percent, because producers
are being forced out of the industry.
Warren Starick, who is head of the federation's poultry section, says that
he will shut down his own egg production by the end of the year.
He says that producers have been unable to upgrade their facilities because
they are already battling with consecutive years of drought, price wars and the
flooding of eggs from interstate.
"About four or five years ago we would have had 80 producers," Starick
said. "There's a number that have closed down already, some quite big
Starick estimates that only 10, or at the most 20, producers in the state
will be able to stay in business.
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