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rhino

Cheap pork

I finally bit the bullet and took two in on Monday, the boar 110k made 6 and the sow 220k made 45
Absolutely terrible, I knew it was bad when finished pigs were only making at most 40p/k. Obviously the big 4 will be giving pork away next week....
chicken feed

Those prices are even lower than our local marts. were they coloured ? that always brings the price down too.

there is a pattern to pig prices and this time of year is never good for cull or fats weaners are fairing better in readiness for the higher summer finished prices.

and to add insult to injury one mart stated prices were down due to some countries banning imports to keep their prices up  
bodger

Six quid! That's less than a bag of pig food. A shiver has just run down my spine. I'm going to have to be very careful indeed.
hughesy

The price of mass produced pork as traded by all the major players in the market is under a lot of pressure from over supply. Part of the problem is that Russia will no longer take imports from Europe and that has flooded the market. It's very right to say that the supermarkets will be full of pork at knock down prices. We have to take heart that the pork from our rare breed, free range, high welfare herds is a superior product and isn't to be compared with what the supermarkets sell. Never be tempted into price comparisons with mass produced stuff. If the customer standing in front of you is more interested in the price than where the meat came from you're wasting your time. Move on to the next one.
hughesy

Of course none of that is any help when you've sent a couple of pigs to market and got naff all for them.  I read the other day that the price that pork is traded at had gone down to 115p/kg while the "industry" figure for the cost of rearing a porker is 145p/kg. So we all need to thank our lucky stars we're not producing hundreds of pigs a week to sell into the wholesale trade as we'd be losing an absolute fortune. Trouble is the supermarkets and the processors that supply them, have got absolutely no respect for the farmer or his livestock be it pigs, dairy cows, chickens or anything else.
rhino

Some good looking 16k weaners went through at 8, nothing was making any money at all. The ones I sent weren't bad sorts, next time the sausage makers coming out.  
Rick & Carol

Thank Gawd we're just doing for us & swaps. That would break my heart to only see that return
hughesy

Rhino the last time I went to a mart to have a look the pigs were fetching very poor money. I could have bought finished porkers for about half what it costs me to produce them. The only ones the butchers were bidding for were white, hairless Landrace or Welsh type of thing and even they were very cheap.  Best for price v. cost of production were white weaners but even they were nowhere near the price you generally see them advertised for.
bodger

Rick & Carol wrote:
Thank Gawd we're just doing for us & swaps. That would break my heart to only see that return
It would break my bank too.
hughesy

If I count everything from Monty the boar, down to the youngest piglets, I'm currently feeding 67 of the buggers. Trade is very slow now but it'll pick up next month and most of the growing pigs I'm feeding now will be on someone's barbecue come the summer. It is tough getting through the slow periods feeding them all but if I don't have them now I won't have enough when the trade is good in the summer.
rhino

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...mers-protest-drop-price-pork.html
The French know how to make their feelings known  
hughesy

That's a nice stunt but it ain't gonna work. They need to get the Russians to lift the import ban before the price of commercial pigs will go back up. The market is flooded. The supermarkets are just taking advantage of the low prices in this case, not causing them. They are right about the labelling issues though.

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