Northern buyers can pay more for pigs

IFA predicts lower pig numbers for processing over the next few months.

Factory pig throughput last week was down 2,378 from the corresponding week in 2007. And more pigs are likely go north, with Northern Ireland buyers boosted by the currency exchange rate, paying more to secure supplies from south of the border.

Prices in Britain and Northern Ireland stay ahead of the Irish price, despite Irish processors paying 4c/kg more this week. Continental prices are also moving ahead, with increases of 8c/kg in Germany and Austria and 10c/kg in Belgium.

The Irish price is now at 97% of the EU average.

Generally, export plants here continue with a flat rate 146 to 154 cent, plus the welfare bonus of 2 to 6c, according to IFA.

Pork slaughterers quote from 150 to 156c.

Sow prices stay at €26 to 30 per cwt liveweight, 32 kg weaners are unchanged at €48 to 50.


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