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Is a Christmas shortage of pigs looming?

by 5m Editor
8 December 2003, at 12:00am

UK - Normally abattoirs take 15-20 percent extra pigs next week to reduce numbers during Christmas week.

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However, some contract abattoirs were not prepared to take extra pigs today and would have preferred lower numbers if possible, reports Meadow Quality.

"There is a possibility that we could be heading for a repeat of last year -- when spot prices went up in the week prior to Christmas when abattoirs and meat buyers suddenly realised they had got their buying wrong and were seriously short of pigs."

Meadow Quality described trade as sluggish last week. "Unfortunately we don't really know of anything slower than a slug, so it's very difficult to describe the trade in the bacon end of the marketplace today."

Source: National Pig Association - 5th December 2003

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