COVID less of a problem in plants but fresh pork market ‘dire’ – TVC

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Fewer issues were seen at pork plants last week as the reduced allocation that some processors planned bore fruit, according to Thames Valley Cambac. 

COVID-19 was, however, still a major problem for some plants, with boning and cutting staff particularly affected, TVC said in its latest weekly market update.

Demand was reported as being steady and exports to China still denied at some plants and slaughter numbers remained high with average weights near to record levels for many producers.

“However, a glimmer of hope was given with odd Saturday kills being planned, and this may help to eat into the backlog,” TVC said.

Prices eased again, partly due to another large fall in the SPP, with the SPP report also showing the lowest number of standard pigs in the sample since May 2020. The closure of the major Brechin in Scotland plant could be one reason, and a larger number of outdoor born pigs being processed  another, TVC suggested.

“The fresh meat market was pretty dire with a collapse in sales reported by many – possibly challenged by cheap imports chasing a limited market. The cull sow market was similar in price and volume terms,” the report added.



by Alistair Driver / Pig World

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