European Union pig prices declined this week, with German hogs falling for the first time in four weeks, industry group Interessengemeinschaft der Schweinehalter Deutschlands e.V. reported.
German prices fell to 1.726 euros ($2.24) a kilogram (2.2 pounds) from 1.776 euros the previous week, Damme, Germany-based ISN wrote in a report on its website today. Prices in France resumed their slide, while those in Spain fell for a sixth week, the group said.
Germany, Spain and France are the EU’s biggest pork producers, statistics from the bloc show. The drop in Spanish prices means the gap with cheaper German pork fell to less than 5 cents from more than 12 cents five weeks ago.
“The pressure on pig prices continues across Europe,” ISN wrote. “On the Spanish side, the above-average offer and flagging demand are cited as reasons. In particular exports to Russia aren’t flowing like they were a few weeks ago.”
Spanish prices fell to 1.774 euros a kilogram from 1.793 euros last week, down 17.5 cents in the past six weeks. French prices declined to 1.703 euros a kilogram after having climbed to 1.739 euros a week ago.
The cost of hogs also fell in the Netherlands and Belgium, and rose in Denmark to 1.799 euros a kilogram from 1.758 euros.
“Totally contrary to the trend, the prices in Denmark rose 4 cents in this slaughter week,” ISN wrote. “Unlike in the other EU countries the supply of slaughter-ready animals there doesn’t fully cover current demand.”
The EU has forecast output of pig meat in the bloc will decline 3.2 percent next year on higher feed costs and new animal welfare rules.