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Pig Prices (UK Spec)

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After two consecutive weeks of decline in the UK-spec SPP, the measure has gained over half a penny in the most recent week. In the week ending 13 April, the measure firmed by 0.63p to average 135.84p/kg. It is possible that the strong demand for EU pork from China due to the ongoing epidemic of Africa Swine Fever has finally lent support to prices.

Estimated slaughter was down by 2% (4,500 head) on the week, to 175,300 head. The decline is not surprising after several weeks of reports of processor breakdowns some batches of pigs being rolled. Carcase weights were also down on the week. Carcase weights averaged at 86.29kg/head.

In the week ending 6 April, the UK-Spec APP increased marginally. At 140.10p/kg, the price firmed by 0.03p on the week. This places the measure 5.16p below the equivalent week last year. With the SPP falling the in same week, the gap between the APP and SPP widened to 4.89p.

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