Farmers are experiencing problems on farm for the third week in a row as staffing problems continue to hit processors, who are warning that the situation could persist for months.
Last week proved to be another difficult one as processors were unable to take their contracted volumes, due mainly to a lack of staff in the butchery areas, according to Thames Valley Cambac.
“This is the third week in a row now and many farms are experiencing stocking problems as a result. One of the majors has suggested this could continue for weeks, perhaps months,” TVC said in its latest weekly update.
However, despite suggestions from some processors that they were struggling to meet supermarket demand, TVC said the latest HMRC import/export figures suggest exports had increased
and imports decreased, which suggests the opposite.
“Other than fifth quarter we are told there is very little primal product leaving the UK for China. Apparently, given the price available for China, this would result in processors losing money with the pig price at its current level,” TVC said.
Aggravating all of this is the fact that EU pork is currently more than 30p/kg cheaper. “We are also reliably informed that stocks in cold stores have increased all of which led to some processes taking some money out of their announced price elements,” TVC added.
The one positive for the week is the cull sow demand was relatively good yielding a stand-on with the price. European markets pretty much stood on, although in sterling terms they were down due to the Euro, ending the week down 0.40p at 85.14p.
Weaner demand was sketchy at best with even the most reliable movements subject to change. Supplies of both 7kgs weaners and 30kg stores were ample, and forward forecasts suggest little change.
The AHDB quoted a 7kg weaner at £39.75, but there were no price quote for a 30kg store.
European Prices (p/kg.dwt) w/c 01/08/21 Movement on last week
GB SPP 160.90 + 0.24
Tribune Spot Bacon 160.36 – 0.94
European Av. 124.99 – 1.87
Belgium 101.74 – 1.60
Denmark 113.32 – 2.85
France 137.42 – 0.65
Germany 120.90 – 0.57
Ireland 143.98 – 0.68
Holland 114.85 – 2.69
Spain 146.62 – 4.01
(Ref Weekly Tribune)