AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain.
In the week ended 4 December, the EU-spec SPP fell again, by 0.72p, to 142.84p/kg. This puts the measure 8.2p below where it was at the same time last year, meanwhile feed prices have strengthened significantly, damaging profitability.
Estimated slaughter for the week was 193,800 head. This was higher than last week’s figure by around 7,900 head, but 3,700 head lower than during the equivalent week last year. Reports suggest there was a further increase in the number of abattoirs undertaking a Saturday kill, with Christmas throughputs now well under way.
The average carcase weight fell slightly compared to the previous week, to 91.88kg.