AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain
In the week ending November 2, the EU-spec SPP rose, more than counteracting the slight decline of last week. All weight bands recorded price increases, ranging from just under half a penny to just over a penny.
Overall estimated slaughter was similar to last week, but a little higher than last year. Within this, there were 25% fewer heavy pigs (100.0kg and over) slaughtered in this week compared to last week. The average price of the few that were slaughtered actually recorded a larger weekly increase than the overall SPP, of 1.07p.
Average carcase weights fell by over half a kilogram on the week (-680g), to average 84.53kg/head. This also meant that carcase weights were below year-earlier levels (-240g) for the first time this year.
In contrast to the SPP in the week ended October 26, the EU-spec APP rose slightly. This increased the gap between the two series to 2.09p.
In the week ended November 2, 7kg weaner prices weakened slightly. Reports suggest that demand is limited as a lack of fattening space continues to influence the market.
A 30kg weaner price has been reported for the first time in four weeks, averaging £57.02/head. This is the highest price for this category since late 2017.
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