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GB deadweight pig prices (EU spec)

Updated weekly

The APP (All Pig Price) is the GB average deadweight pig price achieved by producers each week. The SPP (Standard Pig Price) is the average price for GB standard pigs, those that have not received a premium for the production system, feed regime or breed. The prices are collected from voluntary surveys. These prices are for carcases dressed to EU specification.

In the week ending 30 May, the EU-spec SPP paused its upward movement. Although the fall was relatively minor, at 0.06p, this is the first decline since early April. The price averaged 164.45p/kg, almost 18p above the same week last year. However, this time last year was when pig prices started to rise considerably, and so the year-on-year change has continued to erode.

Despite this week containing the Whitsun bank holiday, estimated slaughter continued to rise, totalling 169,300 head, 3.8% (6,300 head) more than in the previous week. This puts throughputs slightly below last year (-1,300 head). Reports continue to suggest that supplies are tight at present.

Demand was reported as good, likely supported by the dry weather encouraging BBQs. Our weekly retail tracker showed that in the week ending 24 May, sales of primary pork, bacon and sausages continued to show strong retail growth.

Carcase weights were on average 210g lighter than in the previous week, at 84.80kg. Weights continue to track above last year, with carcases in the most recent week coming in 1.20kg heavier.

In the week ending 23 May, the EU-spec APP fell by 0.30p, to average 167.33p/kg. With the SPP moving in the opposite direction in the same week, the difference between the two narrowed to 2.82p.

In February 2020 the weight bands we publish were amended. This report below provides some historical figures for comparison purposes. Data by weight band is published  on a weekly basis in our SPP full report.

You can sign up to receive the SPP (Standard Pig Price) by texting dwpig to 83070 for 50p per weekly report. To receive the APP (All Pig Price) by SMS please text dwapp to 84555 for 25p per weekly report.

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