GB pig prices for week ending November 2, 2019 – SPP back on upward track

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.

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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.

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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.

To see the weekly price graphs, click here

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