The Irish pig price remains static with quotes ranging around €1.70c/kg up to €1.74c/kg in the main. Suppliers to Cookstown in Co. Tyrone, NI, are receiving 2-4c/kg above the upper end of these figures.
Optimism for the Irish pig price to follow the Spanish price, which broke the elusive €2/kg barrier, has dissipated somewhat following a week when the EU average price showed no improvement. Germany continues to be a drag on the overall European pigmeat market with difficulties moving the reduced German pigmeat supply due to their ASF positive status.
The story of wild boar in Co. Kerry this week emphasises the threat of invasive species to our pig industry. If one case of positive ASF in a wild boar or back yard pig was detected in Ireland, we would lose hard fought market access across the globe. All precautions to prevent the risk posed by this wild boar incident were taken to protect Irelands 3rd largest agricultural sector, which employs over 8,000 people, and has exports valued at €1 billion.
The national kill was 71.923 last week, back to normal throughput after the June back holiday week.
Top prices on a flat rate basis
<= €1.69/kg-€1.74c/kg in Rosderra and Kepak
<=€1.74/kg – €1.78/kg in Karro (Cookstown),
<= €1.72/kg – €1.76/kg in Dawn Pork & Bacon
<=€1.70/kg -€ 1.76/kg in Staunton’s