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AHDB Pig Market Weekly

30 March 2012

AHDB UK Market Survey - 30 March 2012AHDB UK Market Survey - 30 March 2012

The continued strengthening in pig values took the DAPP to 142.35p per kg week ended 24 March, up almost a penny on the week.


Pig market trends


This rise is being driven by a tightening of supply and relative firm demand for pork. As a result of the latest increase the DAPP was over four per cent higher than in the same week last year. There was a marginal change in the quality of pigs at slaughter with both the average weight and probe measurement declining fractionally on the week to 78.9kg and 10.7mm.

Electronic Movement Licenses

The eAML2 electronic pig movement system becomes compulsory from 1 April in England and Wales. To be legal, all pig movements after that date must be reported through the eAML2 system, either by setting up the movement online at or by contacting the eAML2 Bureau Service on 0844 335 8400. The new system replaces the paper AML2 forms, which will no longer be valid.

Regional slaughterings

UK clean pig slaughterings in February totalled 767,000 head, less than one per cent higher than in February 2011. Once again, Scotland recorded an increase in throughputs, with slaughterings up eight per cent to 52,000 head. Throughputs in Northern Ireland were one per cent higher than a year earlier, while numbers in England and Wales were marginally lower. The total number of clean pigs slaughtered in the first two months of the year was three per cent up year on year at 1.71 million head.

Slaughtering of cull sows and boars during February totalled 19,200 head, almost all of which were in England and Wales. This was about six per cent below AHDB’s estimate for February 2011. Despite this decline, throughputs in the year to date were five per cent above year earlier levels, given the high slaughterings in January.

Average clean pig carcase weights in February were marginally lower than a year earlier at 79.3kg. The average carcase weight for cull sows and boars was 150kg, higher than a year earlier. The net result was that total pig meat production in February was unchanged year on year at 64,000 tonnes. Production in the year to date was up two per cent on the year at 142,000 tonnes.

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