There was no change in base pig quotes from all the main pig factories last Friday resulting in pig farmers still receiving €1.60-€1.62c/kg base price this week. The ASF positive cases in a small number of wild boar in an isolated part of East Germany has resulted in great amount of market turbulence in the worldwide pigmeat market. Germany pork exports are estimated at €1billion annually and since the conformation of ASF, a number of pigmeat importing countries have excluded all pigmeat imports from Germany.
There was no change in base pig quotes from all the main pig factories last Friday resulting in pig farmers receiving €1.60-€1.62c/kg base price again this week. After some signs of positive upward movement in the EU pig price last week, disaster struck with conformation of African Swine Fever (ASF) in one wild boar carcass in East Germany, close to the Polish border. After months of controlling the wild boar population and the erection of fencing to stop the migration of wild boar from Poland, which has ASF, into Germany, it is a major disappointment and has had a serious disturbance effect on the pig trade. The German pig processors reacted immediately, dropping the price by 20c/kg, down to €1.27c/kg. compounding an already difficult situation in Germany with a backlog of pigs due to processing difficulties in light of factory closure as a result of Covid-19. China announced on Saturday 12th that it was suspending an imports of Germany pigmeat.
IFA Pig Committee Chairman Tom Hogan said the confirmation of ASF in Germany brings the total number of European countries with positive cases to 12. Tom Hogan called on all pig farmers on both sides of the Irish border to heighten the already robust levels of biosecurity on their pig farms.
Following the initial 4c/kg drop in pig price three weeks ago by both Rosderra and Kepak, both Dawn Pork & Bacon and Staunton’s have adjusted their suppliers’ price downwards by similar amounts. This leave the base quote in most plants at €1.60c//kg this week, with a good number of suppliers negotiating 2-4 c/kg above base price for larger numbers and earlier delivery.
Irish pig prices remain stable with pig farmers receiving €1.64c/kg – €1.68c/kg in all the main export plants again this week. The last week has seen a number of Covid-19 clusters among a number of meat processing factory workers in the Midlands. Two of these factories, in Offaly and Kildare are major customers of Irish hams from the primary pig processing sector, and the unscheduled closures of these two plants will not help the domestic pigmeat trade.