Pork firmer in value at Forbes

Bae Ridley, 2, “Mogong Valley”, Bogan Gate, thoroughly enjoys being with his parent’s weaners which topped the section at $98 each at Forbes last Friday.
Bae Ridley, 2, “Mogong Valley”, Bogan Gate, thoroughly enjoys being with his parent’s weaners which topped the section at $98 each at Forbes last Friday.

PORK and bacon pig prices increased by as much as $30 a head during the fortnightly Forbes Pig sale last Friday.

V.C. Reid and Son agent Murray Reid, Forbes, said pork values had risen by $20 to $30 a head, while bacon pig values increased by as much as $20 a head.

Forbes fortnightly pig sale, July 28

However, suckers had come back fractionally from the previous sale by as much as $2 to $3 a head while sow values stayed firm in the yarding of 550 head.

“There was more money paid for some porkers on the day with heavy baconers in demand,” Mr Reid said.

“I can't explain the rises as the job to date has been very, very bad, but it has picked up in a hurry.

“Whether it will stay firm like this, I’m not sure, but producers were much happier.”

Scott Reid sells at the fortnightly Forbes pig sale for V C Reid and Son.

Scott Reid sells at the fortnightly Forbes pig sale for V C Reid and Son.

Mr Reid said the market for little pigs was still tough and prices hadn’t improved greatly on the day.

“Sows remained firm on the previous two sales, so that was an added plus as well.”

Bacon prices ranged between $170 to $200 while pork sold from $134 to $180. Suckers sold from $64 up to $98.

Mitchell and Angela Ridley, “Mogong Valley”, Bogan Gate, topped the weaner market at $98 a head for their pen of 24 head.

They run 50 Large White and Landrace sows.