TRAFFIC LIGHTS BASE
(EVERY THURSDAY EVENING)
April 19, 2018
SUNDAY APRIL 15, 2018
The cold spring weather continued to adversely affect pig growth with many producers relaying similar stories of poor food conversion and higher mortality.
Consequently, the market was met with tight supply. Most of the majors were anxious to source their contract commitments.
Contract price contributions stood-on, but some contract prices fell due to a reverse in the SPP.
The fresh meat market saw a touch more interest and a possible hint of some warmer weather helped prices to improve.
The cull sow market eventually stood-on, after early-day price pressure evaporated due to tight supply.
In Europe, both the Dutch and Belgian markets fell another 1.5 eurocents but the German market stood-on.
Price quotes in sterling were further compromised by a weaker euro that ended the week down 0.89p at 86.40p.
WEEKLY TRADING REPORTS
Thames Valley Cambac
ABOUT TRAFFIC LIGHTS
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TRAFFIC LIGHTS SPOT VERSUS CONTRACT
Updated APRIL 19, 2018
African swine fever
Tuesday April 17, 2018
African swine fever must be eradicated European Union health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told ministers at Farm Council in Luxembourg this week.
The disease represents an imminent threat to all member nations, and therefore combatting it must be a common European Union undertaking, according to a paper circulated by Denmark at Farm Council.
The disease is clearly a cross-border problem, said Danish minister Esben Lunde Larsen. The affected member nations must be assisted 'as much as possible by the European Union and neighbouring countries'.
The Danes are calling for a deepening of Europe's African swine fever control and eradication strategy with the development and application of 'new tools and insights'.
They say international experts should meet to draft an extended control and eradication plan for the European Union, with more use of fencing to contain infected wild boar populations and measures to control the spread via transport.
(A scientific opinion on the feasibility of fencing as a way to tackle the spread of the disease is due in July).
Meanwhile Germany — currently free from the disease, but next in the firing line — has taken measures to make farms more biosecure, and to reduce its wild boar population. It has also launched a publicity campaign to explain to the general public why the disease poses a serious threat to the nation's livestock farmers.
There's still no
Wednesday April 18, 2018
Above: European Union average pig price in Week 15, 2018.
In Week 15 we see the European Union average pig price price continuing to bump along in lacklustre fashion.
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