In the week ending 31 July, the GB EU-spec SPP averaged 160.93p/kg, a modest increase of 0.03p on the week before, according to the latest report from AHDB. The measure is now 3.75p below the price achieved for the same week a year ago.
Clean pig slaughter was estimated at 165,700 head for the week, up 100 head on the previous week. However, throughput was well below last year’s level for the third consecutive week.
AHDB livestock analyst Hannah Clarke commented: “There are reports of pigs being rolled across a number of producers, as well as Covid-related staffing issues giving way to more systemic staffing problems in some abattoirs.”
In the week ending 24 July, the GB EU-spec APP rose 0.23p on the week before to average 165.15p/kg.
And 30kg weaners averaged £56.61/head in the week ending 31 July, down £3.47 on the week before.