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Native grain prices remain unchanged from last week. There will be little activity over the coming weeks until action returns in January. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian maize harvest has been revised upwards by 1 million to 35 million tonnes which could create extra import pressure. However, China is in talks with the Ukraine regarding increased imports of the product which could alleviate the problem.

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Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA members around the country this week.

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Potato growers have now turned their attention to analysing their year and stocks from the 2018 harvest.  Growers have reported to be happy with trade and are expecting a further boost in trade as buyers are filling their supplies for the Christmas market.

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Suppliers to the main export plants continue to receive pig prices ranging from €1.38/kg up to €1.42/kg.  Both Dawn Port & Bacon and Staunton’s continue to pay at the upper end of these quotes and have not reduced prices to their suppliers in recent weeks. Despite increased seasonal demand and reports of exceptional high prices for pigmeat in certain export markets, Irish processors have resisted calls to increase pig price.  Supply of pigs in Ireland remains high with last week’s kill over 74,000 and the national kill is over 100,000 ahead of 2017.  Plans are in place on all units with their processor to handle extra pigs either side of the Christmas break.

Native grain prices remain broadly stable amid slow demand. Compounders continue to use higher percentages of maize in rations. Dry grain prices for 2019 are slightly weaker at €185/t for barley and €193/t for wheat.

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