Pig prices for the week ending March 18, 2017

AHDB Pork weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain

The EU-spec SPP rose for the third consecutive week in the week ending March 18, increasing by 0.86p to settle at 151.04p/kg.

This price is 39p higher than the same week in 2016. This increase came despite a rise in the estimated slaughterings by 3,000 head to 163,000 for the week. However, numbers are still 14,000 lower than in the equivalent week last year. Clearly, the availability of pigs remains tight with some processors having to raise their prices. Average carcase weights fell slightly in week ending March 18, falling by 250g to 83.92kg. This is still 190g heavier than the year before.

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The EU-spec APP gained 0.24p in week ending 11 March, to 153.72p/kg. A year ago this price was nearly 38p lower. The price gap between the APP and SPP remains at 3.54p/kg, the same as last week.

In week ending March 18, both weaner prices fell, although by differing amounts. 30kg weaner prices gave back last week’s gains, falling 38p to £55.27/head, and prices for 7kg weaners fell by 23p to £38.27/head. These are, however, both higher than a year ago, by £18.45/head and £10.48/head respectively.

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