EU sow prices strengthen

Sow prices have risen in some key EU member states, AHDB analyst Duncan Wyatt has reported.

In the German market, the average M1 sow price reached 128¢/kg at the end of May. There has also been some increase in the Dutch price in recent weeks, however, the French price has reached a plateau.

Reports from AMI suggest the amount of pork in store in Germany is high compared to last year, but it is hoped that summer demand will start to work through this.

“As such, any demand-side weakness could undermine further price increases in clean pigs and therefore sows. For now however, prices are being driven by shorter numbers of clean pigs,” said Mr Wyatt.



Exporters have worked hard to overcome new checks and other administrative changes imposed at the border since the UK left the EU and British sow prices have improved too, compared with earlier in the year.

Mr Wyatt added: “Although, reports suggest that the lack of profitability in the finished pig market might mean the uplift in sow prices has presented an opportunity for some producers to exit. We will need to watch upcoming June survey data for more guidance.”

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