GB sows prices benefit from EU market recovery

A slight recovery in the EU sow market, with German prices picking up since the summer, has led to “some improvement” in GB sow prices, according to AHDB Pork.

Although the GB improvement is from a very low level, the firming of the German market has helped, along with a slight strengthening of the euro.

“Having dropped to its lowest level over the summer, since the dioxin crisis of January 2011, the German sow price has since picked up,” said AHDP Pork, adding that Dutch and Danish sow prices have followed the German trend closely, albeit at a discount.

AHDB Pork also reported that having been somewhat stronger during the spring, however, French sow prices have been largely unchanged since the start of June.

“This means that, having matched the German quote over the summer, the French price is now at a more normal discount to it,” it said.

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