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Pig Prices (UK Spec)

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The UK-spec SPP saw a small increase during week ended 18 February, rising 0.1p to 147.12p/kg. Tighter supplies than this time last year mean prices remain well above year earlier levels, with the most recent figure standing 36.82p above the equivalent week in 2016

Estimated slaughterings were stable compared to the previous week, at 162.1 thousand head. This meant throughputs were back 8% relative to 2016 as supplies continued to tighten. Meanwhile average carcase weights declined on the week, falling to 85.6kg. Despite this, the average probe reading during the week continued to fall, at 11.0mm. This suggests the mix of pigs coming forward continues to be leaner.

The UK-spec APP was stable the week ended 11 February. At 150.18p/kg, the figure increased by less than a tenth of a penny compared to the previous week, but still remained 35.12p above the equivalent 2016 figure. This movement meant the gap between the APP and the SPP grew by 0.3p, to 3.20p/kg.

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