Producer resilience tested to the extreme as farm conditions deteriorate

Conditions on farm, both physically, and increasingly mentally are deteriorating, as the pig backlog continues to grow, according to Thames Valley Cambac. 

Last week saw further processor issues, as breakdowns, staffing levels poor demand, conspired to reduce pig allocations offered, resulting in a further increase in the backlog, TVC said in its latest market update.

“The resilience of producers and farm staff is being tested to the extreme, and there are little signs of imminent improvement,” it said.

The SPP fell to 139p, its lowest level since April 2019, and the SPP weight was another record at 95.42 kgs. Demand was ‘dismal’ for all classes of stock, and cheap import pressure was a feature of many fresh meat conversations, the report added.

The sow market remained under pressure with exporters experiencing a torrid trade. European markets saw major downturns in Holland (-7.5c) and Germany (-3c), while the Euro was little changed, up 0.12p at 83.63p.

“The weaner market continues to suffer from the slaughter backlog, with unit turnaround badly compromised. The upshot is that weaners are unable to move and must be retained until we concoct a new plan,” TVC added.

There was insufficient data for the AHDB to calculate any weaner or store pig prices.

European Prices (p/kg.dwt) w/c 23/01/22   Movement on last week

GB SPP                                     139.00             – 1.10

Tribune Spot Bacon                139.10             – 0.75

European Av.                          102.20             – 1.77

Belgium                                   81.46               – 2.05

Denmark                                 88.73               – 2.21

France                                     125.28             + 0.35

Germany                                 100.36             – 2.35

Ireland                                     118.76             + 0.18

Holland                                    90.24               – 6.13

Spain                                       110.81             + 0.16

(Ref Weekly Tribune)

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