Factory closures means backlog of pigs on farms is ‘inevitable’

The backlog of pigs on poultry farms has been described as “inevitable” according to a recent report by Thames Valley Canbac (TVC).

They reported that the poultry sector is experiencing significant problems after the closure of two factories last week.

The supply chain has taken a battering as the industry continues to battle against factory closures and last minute cancellations due to Covid-19.

“Pig growth is excellent on most units at the moment, so a backlog is inevitable. We urge all producers to be aware that this situation may deteriorate, and to try and make provision on farm to build a buffer in supply,” TVC said.

We at TVC will move as many as we can, but will need the cooperation of producers [and hauliers] to achieve this.

“Pricing was secondary to movements but most contract contributions eased 1p to 2p. Fresh meat demand was lacklustre, as the country settled in to a second national lockdown.”

Pig prices from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) saw the weighted average price for a 30kg pig drop a total of £1.36 to £52.87.

The backlog of slaughter pigs impacted heavily on the weaner market with fatteners unable or behind schedule to make space for new intakes.

“This affected the market with little or no interest from the majority of fatteners,” TVC added.