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         Finished pig prices drop back again in week ended 26 December

         German herd stable overall but fewer sows

 

 

Finished pig prices drop back again in week ended 26 December

 

By Bronwyn Magee, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (UK)

6 January 2021

 

Finished pig prices fell again in the week ending 26 December. The EU-spec SPP fell by 1.15p to average 147.34p/kg. This measure is now 15.10p below the same week last year but remains above the five-year average by 1.72p.

 

This was the short Christmas week, and so estimated throughput fell notably on the week, to 100,800 head. This was below the five-year average (-14,600 head), but up 11,800 head when compared to the Christmas week last year.

 

Carcase weights dropped back a little on the week, averaging 87.40kg, 120g less than the previous week. This was the third consecutive week of decline. Average carcase weights remain heavier than last year, by 2.86kg.

 

The EU-spec APP averaged 152.75p/kg in the week ending 19 December, dropping on the previous week by 1.66p. Again, prices remain above the five-year average (+3.12p), but down on the same week last year (-11.08p). The gap between the SPP and APP narrowed again, standing at 4.26p.

 

In the week ending 26 December, 7kg weaners averaged 38.52/head, down 77p from the previous week. Unfortunately, the sample data for the 30kg weaners was not robust enough to publish a price this week.

 

Prices for the following week will be published later this week.

 

document, plus table

https://ahdb.org.uk/news/finished-pig-prices-drop-back-again-in-week-ended-26-december

 

 

German herd stable overall but fewer sows

 

Hannah Clarke, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (UK)

6 January 2021

 

There were nearly 26 million pigs in Germany on 3 November 2020, largely unchanged from the same point in 2019, according to latest figures from the Federal Office of Statistics.

 

A rise in the number of slaughter pigs outweighed continued contraction in both the female breeding herd and in numbers of weaner pigs. As at 3 November, the breeding herd stood at 1.7 million head, down 5% on the year before.

 

The female breeding herd, and indeed the overall German pig population, has been contracting for some time. Increasingly stringent welfare and environmental regulations are causing more producers to exit the industry. The number of pig holdings, which fell by 3.3% during the year to 20,500, reflects this.

 

Despite the contraction of the breeding herd, piglet numbers remained stable at 7.7 million head, suggesting an improvement in productivity. Weaner numbers remained lower though.

 

The numbers of slaughter pigs likely reflect the German ASF/trade ban situation, as well as reported disruption to domestic supply chains due to COVID-19. Both these factors are contributing to a surplus of finisher pigs in the country, which is weighing on European pig prices more widely. Slaughter reportedly picked up before the festive period, but reports suggest a lack of capacity remains and backlogs are large.

 

document, plus table

https://ahdb.org.uk/Contents/Item/Display/59119