No Christmas joy for pig breeders - market filled with imports

No Christmas joy for pig breeders - market filled with imports


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Imports have flooded pork product leading up to Christmas drowning any price spike local pig breeders normally expect in this festive season.

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Ruben Gill, "Strathallyn", Narromine, with his draft of five Large White weaners. Sales on the day were back in price of the previous fortnight.     Rachael Webb photos.

Ruben Gill, "Strathallyn", Narromine, with his draft of five Large White weaners. Sales on the day were back in price of the previous fortnight. Rachael Webb photos.

EXPECTATIONS of a Christmas spike in pig prices didn’t eventuate at last Friday’s Forbes pig sale of 787 head selling to a cheaper market.

Backfatters met a slight reprieve in values in a sale described as firm on the previous fortnight. However, bacon, pork and suckers all sold to a cheaper market back by as much as $10 a head.

This cheaper market came as a surprise to selling agent, Scott Reid of V.C. Reid and Son, Forbes, who said in other years December sales spiked in prices.

“There’s certainly no Christmas joy this year,” he said. “Buyers were telling us wholesalers had plenty of product, mainly due to imports.

Mitch and Angela Ridley, "Mogong Valley", Bogan Gate with Bae, 3 and Levi, 1, sold a pen of 31 weaners at $119 a head in a cheaper market.

Mitch and Angela Ridley, "Mogong Valley", Bogan Gate with Bae, 3 and Levi, 1, sold a pen of 31 weaners at $119 a head in a cheaper market.

“A lot of breeders join to have pigs ready for sale in the last six to eight weeks of the year when prices normally get a bit dearer, taking advantage of the Christmas spike, but that hasn’t eventuated this year.”

Baconers ranged in price from $150 to $170 while pork sold from $120 to $130. Suckers made from $40 to $100.

Tim Milne and Stephanie Beauchamp, "Eadesvale", Euchareena, among their mixed-sex weaners. The Milne family is a regular vendor at Forbes sales.

Tim Milne and Stephanie Beauchamp, "Eadesvale", Euchareena, among their mixed-sex weaners. The Milne family is a regular vendor at Forbes sales.

Last sale this year is December 15 and first for 2018 is January 5.

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