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Finally, a sliver of good news for pig farmers

Weekly pig prices have increased to 138.77p per kilogram, bringing small comfort to the beleaguered sector.

The rise still means the price of pork is 1p below last year’s prices but it is 8p more than the five-year average. The price is the average of standard pigs bought by GB processors in the past week.

In terms of pigs going to slaughter, that figure stands at 185,300 head for the week ending 12 February, which is 7,000 higher than the same point last year.

The rise in price has to be balanced against the huge rise in production costs resulting from higher energy prices and labour costs.