UK: More price information for GB pigs
BPEX is to expand the range of historical pig price reporting to include an all new GB Standard Pig Price (SPP).
Data will be collected from a wide ranging sample of processors in Great Britain and will measure the average weekly price for standard commercial pigs.
This will cover all pigs except those that attract an explicit premium for a specific attribute such as breed, feeding regime or a production system such as Freedom Foods.
The GB SPP will be calculated using the same basic specification as the current DAPP other than covering standard pigs only. It will be based on individual pig data that includes the gross price (before deductions) and weekly paid bonus payments.
It will not include retrospective bonus payments that are dependent on achieving contract criteria. Data providers will be audited to ensure the specification is followed.
The GB SPP will be published in the week after the pigs are slaughtered. The first GB SPP will be published by AHDB Market Intelligence on 16 April.
The range of historical pig price available from 16 April will be the GB Standard Pig Price (SPP), the GB All Pigs Price (APP) and, for a transition period of 6 months, the current GB DAPP.
BPEX Director Mick Sloyan said: "The British pig market has changed considerably in recent years and the market information produced to help industry needs to keep up with this change.
"We recently announced the introduction of a new price series, the GB All Pigs Price (GB APP) to measure the overall pig market. The addition of the GB SPP will provide greater insight into trends in the standard commercial pig market."
"Historic price data is vital for a well informed and efficient industry. It is designed to be an accurate record of the past and not a means of fixing forward contract pig prices."
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