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The Irish pig market remains buoyant with good demand from all processors on the back of improving pork markets, especially the export market.

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Another good week for Irish pig farmers with an increase of 4c/kg across the board from all factories for this week’s pigs. This leaves pig farmers receiving a price of €1.68-€1.70/kg, but with intense competition from all processors and agents to maintain numbers, some farmers have received up to 4cent above quotes.

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Another good week for Irish pig farmers with an increase of 4c/kg across the board from all factories for this weeks pigs. This leaves pig farmers receiving a price of €1.64-€1.66c/kg, but with intense competition from all processors and agents to maintain numbers, some farmers have received 2/4cent above quotes.

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Pig prices continue to follow the upward European trend with all processors increasing their quotes for this week’s pigs. While most processors announced their increased quotes of 4c/kg last Friday Rosderra, the country’s largest processor waited until after the long weekend and returned a 6c/kg increase to their suppliers.

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IFA Pigs Chairman Tom Hogan has called on factories to implement similar price increases to those seen across Europe in recent weeks. He said that given the recent dramatic improvement in market conditions, factories must now do the right thing and pass this on to farmers, who have been haemorrhaging money over the past number of months.

“Across the EU there have been dramatic price increases since January. Countries with a similar producing and export profile to Ireland have experienced price increases of 25-30%. Demand from Chinese buyers has been strong in recent weeks, due to a shortage of domestic pork production,” he said.

IFA held a crisis pig meeting of all farmers recently following the failure of the pig factories to adequately reflect the rising markets by returning much-improved pig prices.

Tom Hogan said, “Following this meeting, the IFA organised delegations of suppliers to meet their processors last week and demand a fully justified 10c/kg increase in the Irish pig price up to €1.60c/kg. Factories responded with a 4c/kg increase, which is not enough given the market conditions and export demand coming from buyers serving the Chinese market”.

Tom Hogan said, “Low pig prices combined with rising feed costs in 2018 resulted in the lowest margin in the last 20 years. Pig farmers are battered and bruised financially and mentally. They need to see the benefits of the improved market conditions immediately to begin the process of repaying the massive debt levels that has accumulated over the past 14 months.”


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