With recent pig prices remaining similar to recent weeks, pig producers remain anxious for prices to finally rise. Official pig prices are still holding around the €1.70 per kg range, although recent German pig price increases(€1.80 p/kg) suggest that Ireland’s prices may soon follow suit.
Tom Hogan, IFA’s pig chairman, says this should now be a realistic target for Irelands pig producers.
With, as previously mentioned, prices remaining steady in recent weeks, Hogan spoke of his disappointment but also his lack of surprise at the situation.
Hogan said that processors remain keen to keep a hold of their current suppliers and are looking to set up where they can obtain their supply levels once pig numbers begin to decrease in the coming weeks.
This has led for Hogan to call for price increases by processors as he called for Ireland’s farmers to be stubborn and haggle hard on prices. This he said would hopefully lead to a long overdue price increase.
Ireland’s prices in comparison to its European counterparts remains at 95% of the prices they receive. The number of slaughtering’s however has recently decreased in Ireland by 1.5% from numbers obtained from the same time period last year. Factory pig throughput for two weeks ago was 64,234 head. This represented an increase of over 10,000 more than the weeks before and an increase of 84 on numbers from the same time period last year.
Sow prices in pork slaughters remain at 95-100c per kilo.
Irish Export plant prices:
Kepak/Rosderra- 168cent p/kg.