Another week of stable quotes from all pig processors, with €1.58c/kg being an accurate reflection of the average pig price being paid again this week.
The national kill dropped significantly last week to 63,200, with reports that many slaughter plants around the country experienced interruptions to production last Monday and Tuesday due to Ex-Hurricane Ophelia, with power outages delaying processing during the week in places.
A number of export plants worked last Saturday to ensure supplies of pigmeat were maintained and no back up of pigs was carried over into this week. Many pig units also had to deal with power outages, with electricity being essential on all modern pig production units for feed, water and ventilation systems.
The pig trade has stabilised across Europe after two months of price fluctuations and with the EU pig sow herd declining 2% in 2016-17, production is still below 2016 levels.
Ireland’s percentage of the EU price has improved and is currently 101% of the EU average price as reported to the EU Commission for the week commencing 09/10/2017.
Factory pig throughput in Republic of Ireland export plants for the week ending October 14th 2017 was 64,245 head which 763 head more than the previous week and 1,946 more than in the corresponding week in 2016. Slaughterings in ROI export plants is 0.6% behind the same period in 2016.
Export Plants: Top prices on a flat rate basis </= €158 cent/kg in Dawn, Staunton’s Kepak and Rosderra and </= 160 cent/kg in Karro.
Sows: 95 – 110c/kg DW.
Weekly Slaughterings: Week-ending 14/10/2017 Pigs: 64,245 Sows: 1,887
EU-27 PIGMEAT REFERENCE PRICE WK COMMENCING 09/10/17
Irish price €1.54kg
EU–27 average price €1.52kg
(Grade E pigs – 55% to 60% lean meat excluding VAT but including transport and bonuses).