Pig industry is desperate and we need leadership to ease the backlog – TVC

There is no respite from the volumes of pigs being left behind by a number of processors still bereft of staff and unable to process the normal volumes.

This is coupled with yet more plant failures, which has led to pigs being stopped and rolled to the following weeks, which is aggravating an already exasperated situation, according to Thames Valley Cambac.

“The industry is now desperate for some leadership which needs to result in getting more pigs slaughtered
somehow, somewhere, now!” TVC said its latest market update.

Meanwhile, prices are easing with most processors taking money out of their contributions. The SPP fell by a further 2.06p, leaving it at 154.31p, while the SPP sample recorded the highest weight ever at
91.17kgs.

The sow price is also tumbling. Sows were in abundance and with the German market falling yet again, the downward pressure knocked another 6p off the price. France and Spain lost ground again but are still top of the
European pricing tables. Price quotes in sterling were enhanced slightly by a stronger Euro that ended the week up 0.34p at 85.70p.

Weaner and store movements are heavily constrained by the backlog in the slaughter market, with many
yards still full and now out of sequence with refill plans. There were no prices quoted by AHDB.

European Prices (p/kg.dwt) w/c 26/09/21 Movement on last week

GB SPP 154.31 – 2.06

Tribune 153.61 -1.00

European Av. 112.87 -0 .41

Belgium 89.04 + 0.35

Denmark 100.27 + 0.40

France 130.27 – 3.49

Germany 107.13 + 0.43

Ireland 131.98 + 0.52

Holland 103.10 + 0.41

Spain 128.04 – 1.63

(Ref Weekly Tribune)

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