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              April 19, 2018
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TVC COMMENTARY

SUNDAY APRIL 15, 2018

SPP hiccup
delays spring
price recovery

TVCThe 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
April 15, 2018
(next update — Monday)

Crichton Commentary  
April 13, 2018
N
ext update, Friday

ABOUT TRAFFIC LIGHTS

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TRAFFIC LIGHTS SPOT VERSUS CONTRACT

Updated APRIL 19, 2018

Prices

APP British All Pig Price is a voluntary weekly survey of prices, including quality premiums, reported by pig producers. SPP British Standard Pig Price is a voluntary weekly survey of prices paid by pig abattoirs for standard non-premium pigs. TL SPOT Traffic Lights Spottlspot.co.uk — provides sellers with a realistic minimum base price for one-off loads of spot pigs.


African swine fever
'a threat to us all'

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.

EUROPEAN PRICES

There's still no
spring in their step

Wednesday April 18, 2018

Prices

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.

Prices

BRITISH PIG PRICES


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2018 BRITISH HEADLINE PRICES
▼ SPOT PRICE ▼ PRICES COMPILED BY AHDB
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Week

APP

SPP
††
April 19 143      
April 12 142 April 14   145.16
April 5 142 April 7 147.91 144.88
March 29 141 March 31 148.29 145.85
March 22 140 March 24 148.63 145.37
March 15 140 March 17 148.33 145.34
March 8 138 March 10 148.87 145.71
March 1 138 March 3 148.58 145.66
Feb 22 133 Feb 24 148.75 145.66
Feb 15 130 Feb 17 149.02 146.07
Feb 8 134 Feb 10 149.21 145.92
Feb 1 130 Feb 3 149.89 146.80
Jan 25 130 Jan 27 150.30 146.83
Jan 18 130 Jan 20 151 148.25
Jan 11 136 Jan 13 151.37 148.22
Jan 4 136 Jan 6 152.67 149.65
Dec 28 138 Dec 30 153.31 149.78
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