Numbers put pressure on pig prices

It was a difficult end of the week for those selling pigs – there were more pigs looking for homes than has been the case recently, mainly due to reduced demand, rather than extra numbers coming forward.


The Deadweight Adjusted Pig Price only eased by 0.48p to 160.39p, but spot prices dropped by a fu rther 2p-3p/kg. Although spot outlets were prepared to pay in the 155p/kg region to regular suppliers, those with extra pigs looking for a home had to accept quotes in the region of 150p/kg.


Most but not all of the weekly contract shout prices also headed south – Tulip stood on and the four major shout price buyers cut their prices back by between 1p-2p/kg so the price table now reads:



















Woodheads


162p 


Tulip


  159p


Gills


 158p


Vion


 158p


Cranswick


 157p


Despite an improving Euro which traded on Friday worth 82.75p compared with 81.32p a week earlier, cull sow prices continued to slide, reflecting poor EU mainland demand with most delivered quotes in the 95p-97p region.


Weaner prices may also have hit something of a plateau, with the latest AHDB 30kg ex-farm weaner average only a shade firmer at £46.31/head, but premiums were still available for Freedom Food standard pigs, which remain in short supply.

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