Foot and Mouth restrictions have caused a huge backlog
of pigs which means average slaughter weights are now some
Pigs weighing more than 80kg now account for half of all
pigs in the DAPP sample.
Normally they would account for about a third of throughput,
according to the latest edition of Pig Market Trends published
Combined with plentiful supplies of lower priced
imports and the need to absorb pork shoulder meat on the
domestic market, this has limited the potential for any
real improvement in producer prices.
For most producers
production is unsustainable at the current price of just
under 110p per kg.
Pig Market Trends also includes the
latest forecast for UK pig meat supplies based on a further
contraction in the breeding herd in 2008 - this could mean
that clean pig slaughterings in 2009 will be the lowest
for over 50 years.
Pig Market Trends is a monthly publication
produced by MLC Economics' team of analysts, focusing on
developments in the pig industry both at home and abroad.
subscriptions start at £50 - for further details
and to subscribe, contact Jayne Dines on 01908 844396.
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