25 April 1997

Dutch cull lifts UK pork price

AID for the slaughter of another 1.38m Dutch pigs and piglets has been approved in Brussels in a bid to eradicate classical swine fever.

The compensation – which relates to 600,000 pigs and 780,000 piglets to be killed over the next six weeks – was approved by the EU last week.

The decision comes at a time when outbreaks of the disease are still occurring daily, according to EU officials. Over 800,000 head have already been killed.

A senior Meat and Livestock Commission economist said the slaughter scheme was already having an upward effect on EU and British pork prices.

On Monday, the spot market leapt over 10p/kg to nearly 95p/kg.