Cull sow prices in the key northern EU member states remain broadly stable since the spring, according to the latest report from AHDB.
Compered to the finished pig market, which has been falling away recently, sow prices have been relatively well supported, with prices still at or above the five-year average in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.
AHDB analyst Bethan Wilkins pointed out that sow meat is less directly affected by reported weakening in the export market, but warned that this could entail further downward pressure in the months ahead: “The situation could be precarious, as consumer demand in Europe is also reported to be quiet recently.
For week ended 8 August, sow prices were reported as:
- Germany: €1.17/kg
- Denmark: €1.02/kg
- Netherlands: €1.26/kg
- France: €0.98/kg