European sow prices rally

 

By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)

August 8, 2019

 

EU sow prices have risen significantly since the beginning of March, after a steady start to the year,. This reflects trends in the finished pig market. Both real and anticipated increases in Chinese import demand have been offering market support. Meanwhile, supplies of pig meat have tightened in Northern Europe in particular.

 

More recently, the EU pig market has been more tempered, with some declines over the past month. Therefore, sow prices have also started to fall. However, with further growth in Chinese demand expected, this may be a settling of a market rather than the start of a longer downward trend.

 

On an individual country basis, prices have showed the following trends since the start of 2019:

 

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