By Peter Crichton
AUCTION market and spot prices have been held back by more spot pigs hitting the market, following the Malton decision to close the Spalding abattoir.
Sixteen to eighteen thousand pigs were processed there weekly.
Although the original announcement spoke of shutting the gates in the early autumn, many pig suppliers have already pulled out their pigs and are sending to other outlets, leading to extra availability of pigs.
There are reports that Spalding could now shut within a few weeks as throughput dwindles to under 5000 head per week.
It remains to be seen what Max Hilliard decides to do next and further announcements are expected from Malton soon, according to company insiders.
Options include re-opening the slaughter line in the future, hiving off this sector or processing carcasses only.