GB deadweight pig prices (UK spec)

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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 UK specification.

The UK-spec SPP moved up in the week ended 9 October, reaching 148.44p/kg. This was over 2p higher than the previous week, although prices remained a little below the 5-year average for the time of year.

The uplift in prices comes as estimated throughput dropped back once again. GB slaughter during the week was estimated as 182,300 head, well below last week and 2% below this time last year. Last week, reports indicated throughput was supported by some extra batches of low-priced pigs, intended for markets where only minimal butchery is required. There were fewer of these pigs in the sample this week. While this means the average price paid for pigs overall was higher, making progress on the backlog clearly remains very difficult.

EU prices also remain low, which represents a challenge to the price-competitiveness of British pork. Altogether, despite the fluctuation in the SPP this week, further downward pressure can be expected.

Carcase weights remained high, averaging 92.13kg. However, this is about 300g lower than the week before.

The UK-spec APP for the week ended 2 October saw a significant decline, but not as large as the SPP for the same week. At 153.35p/kg, the average was 2.90p down on the week and broadly in line with the five-year average for the time of year. The gap between the two price series widened to 7.05p, which is the largest difference since the series began.

Additional information

Please note that the prices shown in the tables on this web page may occasionally differ from the official SPP and APP prices contained within the PDF reports. This is due to rounding and we are working to align the systems. The  SPP and APP PDF reports can be downloaded using the links above on this page and contain additional price by weight band information to help provide more insight. If you have any questions please contact us at dead.weight@ahdb.org.uk

Historic SPP and APP data

EU and UK dressing specifications

Pig prices explained and who contributes

The latest GB Standard Pig Price (SPP)

The latest GB All Pig Price (APP)

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