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Analysis Pigs & Pork

Piglet market breathes from German pig prices

June 17, 2024 - Klaas van der Horst

After the higher pig prices of last week, there is also a glimmer of hope for the piglet price. The pressure of the past weeks seems to have disappeared. Especially for the German market, the situation looks slightly less negative.

Looking at the export figures, it can be seen that the sales to Spain and to Germany are almost equal. Not everyone feels this way. It is often heard that sales to Spain are difficult, while they are better towards Germany.

Meanwhile, Spanish piglet sales seem to be almost over the peak, as is usual at this time of year, but so far exports are going well. According to traders, the price is often slightly lower on average.

The export to Germany did decrease slightly last week, but this situation could easily change again. Much depends on whether the positive signals from the German pork market continue. Traders are therefore eagerly awaiting the prices on Wednesday. 

But actually, few dare to make predictions. 'A positive pig market does not fit with a sharp drop in piglet prices,' was a comment made several times. Based on the data, the DCA BestPigletPrice drops by €0.50 this week to €70.00 per pig.

Klaas van der Horst

Klaas van der Horst is a senior market specialist in dairy at DCA Market Intelligence. He also closely monitors developments in politics and agricultural policy.
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