There is no change this week with Irish pig farmers receiving €1.38-1.42c/kg. African Swine fever (ASF) continues to cause major disruption to production across the Asian market, withy disturbing reports of huge numbers of pigs culled to the disease.
In Europe, biosecurity measures have been heightened to prevent ASF entering into the commercial pig units in France Germany and Denmark. Ireland needs to do likewise to ensure the island remains ASF free.
At last some signs of positive movement on the European price, with the German price increasing by 4c/kg this week. The backlog of numbers cased across by the Christmas break and significant overhang of stocks of meat in storage, which has depressed the overall pigmeat market for a number of months, seems to at last some signs of rectifying itself.