Space becoming critical on farms as processor staffing issues persist – TVC

Space is becoming critical on some pig units as last week saw no improvement in the situation for the processing sector with staffing issues at the forefront of curtailed throughputs, according to Thames Valley Cambac (TVC). 

“The backlog on farm continues to grow, with some producers now feeding holding diets in an attempt to delay growth. Average weights are increasing and space is becoming critical on some units,” TVC said in its latest weekly market update.

Contract prices trended lower resulting in some adverse producer comment. Fresh meat markets had a quieter week than of late and prices eased 1p – 2p as a result.

Cull sows stood on, reflecting a welcome stability in the German market. Elsewhere in Europe, Denmark was the largest faller, down another 5.5 eurocents. Price quotes in sterling were enhanced slightly however, by a stronger Euro that ended the week up 0.25p at 85.09p.

Weaner demand was limited to contract supplies with little or no interest for anything else. The current backlog in the slaughter pig market is starting to severely disrupt some weaner movements, TVC added.

AHDB issued a quote for a 7kg weaner at £41.18, but there was no price quote for a 30kg store pig.

European Prices (p/kg.dwt) w/c 15/08/21   Movement on last week

GB SPP                                   160.79             – 0.14

Tribune Spot Bacon                158.94             – 0.94

European Av.                          121.00             – 0.99

Belgium                                   99.47               + 0.29

Denmark                                 104.15             – 4.19

France                                     137.34             + 0.41

Germany                                 116.58             + 0.35

Ireland                                     139.55             – 2.96

Holland                                    110.79             – 0.35

Spain                                       139.21             – 0.69

(Ref Weekly Tribune)

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