29 September 1995

Cull sows show strong trade

WITH demand strong and supplies tight, September has seen the strong trade for cull sows continue.

This comes after a buoyant first half of the year when prices were up to 20p/kglw higher than at the same time in 1994. Cullings over the same period, according to the MLC, were 5% down, to total 217,000 head.

Exports, meanwhile, encouraged by favourable exchange rate movements, stood at about 4% ahead of last year, with Germany remaining a major market.

At the same time, clean pig availability has remained low, further stimulating demand.

Average prices, having risen to 73p/kg in June, then decreased to about 66p/kg in early August, according to the Meat and Livestock Commission. The overall August average was 69.34p/kg (12.5p/kg higher than in 1994).

Average prices last week in farmers weekly sample markets stood at 70.32p/kg. &#42