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Have gavel, will travel ... Peter Crichton displayed this NPA banner at his sale of outdoor pig equipment at Long Crichel near Wimborne, Dorset, on Saturday, March 28.

TODAY'S NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Continental consumers aren't piggy
enough to eat us out of the doldrums

Saturday March 28, 2015
European Union demand for pigmeat will remain humdrum until new export markets can be found, or consumers can be persuaded to eat around eight percent more. Even if Russia relaxes its two embargoes on European Union pork—one phytosanitary, the other geopolitical—the situation will not be much improved.

A tale of two halves
Saturday March 28, 2015
It seems counter-intuitive but the current British-v-continental differential of about 30p doesn't necessarily mean more imported pigmeat is sucked in. The British price will still fall, as has been the case over the past six months, even if not a single extra kilo of cheap continental pork is imported.

Yesterday's trading in brief
Saturday March 28, 2015
Spring has arrived but there's no sign of spring in the pig market yet. But contract and spot prices stood-on again, so we could be bumping along the bottom now. Cull sow prices remain ludicrously low at 57-60p, as a result of high European stocks.

General election jitters could take pressure of differential
Friday March 27, 2015
The current differential between the average European Union reference price and the United Kingdom reference price is 30p, but this could come down to around 25p if the recent rally in the value of the euro continues—which will help take some pressure off British pig prices.

Sceptic Sloyan smells a rat
Friday March 27, 2015
Sceptic Sloyan, of Bpex, questions how much pigmeat has really been taken off the market via private storage aid.

Katy is leaving this summer
Friday March 27, 2015
Bad news for NPA—Katy Allen, who has run the NPA office with commendable efficiency and good humour for the past few years, is returning to the family farm in July. "She is somebody we will miss very, very much," said chief executive Zoe Davies.

The National Pig Association is the representative trade association for British commercial pig producers
and is allied to the NFU and represents the pig interests of NFU members.
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