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Pig Prices (UK Spec)

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In the week ended 14 October, the UK-spec SPP declined for the eighth consecutive week, recording a drop of 0.99p to stand at 155.08p/kg. The current quote is now only 12.61p above year earlier levels.

Estimated slaughterings increased by 19% on the week and almost 6% on the year in the week ended 14 October, at 183,800 head. Although this increase on the week appears dramatic, it follows a considerable drop in throughputs in the previous week (-17%).

Average carcase weights increased by 830g week on week to 86.8kg; reports of plant breakdowns in the previous week may have resulted in pigs being rolled over week on week.

In the week ended 7 October, the UK-spec APP decreased by 1.92p on the week to 159.13p/kg; the largest weekly decline since January 2016. Nonetheless, the APP remains 15.26p above year earlier levels. The larger drop in the APP has led the gap between the APP and the SPP to narrow to 3.06p/kg.

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