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GB deadweight pig prices (EU spec)

Last updated 26 March 2020

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.

The EU-spec SPP was steady in the week ending 21 March, losing 0.07p to average 163.15p/kg. To say demand in the UK has been unsettled would be an understatement. Responses put in place to battle the coronavirus have led eating out volumes to drop dramatically, while retail purchases have risen sharply.

However, spot prices are reportedly strong at the moment, with some putting them at 170p/kg or more. As well as any short-term clamour for British pork in the retail sector, it may also be re-opening Chinese ports, backed by plentiful import demand, that is behind this strength.

Although concerns remain about processors’ continued ability to operate, the factories seem to be coping well. There are no reports of major interruptions despite some reported labour shortages.

Estimated slaughter in the week was 185,100 head, nearly 6,000 higher than last week and 14% higher than a year ago. Carcase weights fell slightly to 85.70kg. It seems likely animals were brought forward to meet demand and ease the consequences of potential future disruption.

In the week ending 14 March, the EU-spec APP averaged 165.26p/kg, 0.1p lower than in the previous week

Additional information

Historic weekly and monthly SPP and APP data Pig prices explained and who contributes More detail on the latest GB Standard Pig Price (SPP) More detail on the latest GB All Pig Price (APP) GB All Pig Price (APP) three year average Conversion of UK and EU dressing specifications

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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