EU pig prices continue their decline

New data shows that the average pig price in the European Union has fallen by 4%, continuing the decline that began in mid-June.


Bethan Wilkins, The Pig Site

12 October 2021


Analysis from AHDB finds that EU pig prices have continued to decline in recent weeks. In the last four weeks, the EU average price has fallen by 4%, with most member states posting a decline. By the week ended 26 September, the average reference price had dropped to 136.08/100kg. The average as now been falling for 15 consecutive weeks and has lost over 30 (18%) in that time. Prices are now back to levels last seen in February, more than 5 below the same week last year, and about 45 below 2019 levels.


Falling prices have been driven by strong supply levels across Europe, while export demand from Asia has weakened and demand within the EU remains difficult to stimulate.


EU prices are currently low by historic standards. The strong Chinese demand that had been offering price support in previous years has weakened, and the outlook for this trade going forward is uncertain. It remains to be seen whether stronger Chinese pork production this year can be maintained, or whether culling due to disease concerns or poor profitability has offered a temporary extra supply boost...


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