By Peter Crichton

AS UK supplies continue to fall and demand for UK produce is stimulated by the French issues marketeers are predicting a steady improvement in producer returns in the run up to Christmas.

However, there are only seven complete selling weeks left before the end of the Century and with two short weeks finishers need to make arrangements now to accommodate up to 20% extra output over the holiday period.

To date the UK AESA has yet to reflect the better demand forecasts and on Wednesday slipped a further 0.8p to stand at 77.55p/kg deadweight.

  • Peter Crichton is a Suffolk-based pig farmer offering independent valuation and consultancy services to the UK pig industry