UK pork markets remains relatively ‘unscathed’ from COVID-19, but EU prices falling

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The market continued to function ‘relatively unscathed’ from the COVID-19 lockdown rules last week, according to Thames Valley Cambac.

The main taking point for some processors were rumblings over of lack of exports leading to full cold stores, while others were concerned by a touch of retail apathy, TVC said in its weekly market update.

However, demand remained much the same. “Monthly contract contributions were a stand on, but prices improved slightly helped by the SPP that breached the 164p barrier for the first time in 2.5 years,” TVC said.

“Supply remained tight with continuing production issues blighting any improvement. The fresh meat trade was a touch more buoyant, surprising given the general retail scene, but nonetheless

“The black spot, however, was reserved for cull sows. A perfect storm in Germany – boning plants closed due to coronavirus, full cold stores and the May Day holiday conspired to reduce demand dramatically.

“Prices were down sharply and booking slots were limited. This malaise was not just reserved for the sow market however, as pig prices tumbled as well. Germany was the biggest loser, down 9 eurocents, giving an unfortunate direction to the rest of the European markets.”

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