Pig prices have increased in a number of EU countries, by as much as 6c/kg.
This is attributed to improved weather, strong demand and continuing strong exports.
Prices in Ireland for the week ended May 20 edged closer to the EU average, reaching 96%, for the first time since Aug 2011.
However, that is likely to fall back due to EU prices moving ahead recently.
Irish pig slaughterings are running 5% ahead of last year, compared to 1% ahead in Northern Ireland and 4% ahead in the UK.
Irish sow slaughterings are running 12% ahead.
IFA reports export plant flat rate quotes mostly at 158 to 163 cent/kg, plus a welfare bonus of 2 to 6 cent.
Pork slaughterers pay 162 to 168 cent.
Sows are at 105-115c/kg/kg deadweight.
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