Ken Hughes regularly comes to the Warwick saleyards from Inverell to sell his pigs.
Ken Hughes regularly comes to the Warwick saleyards from Inverell to sell his pigs. Sophie Lester

GALLERY: Markets remains stable

DESPITE smaller yardings through winter, the pig market has remained less elevated than the record high cattle market.

"This time of year you do see the pig numbers a bit quieter," McDougall and Sons auctioneer Dennis Burke said.

"Prices have firmed but not to the extent the beef market has."

Although prices on pigs experienced less elevation than cattle, Inverell piggery owner Ken Hughes said the Warwick market was reasonably stable.

Mr Hughes often travels the three-and-a-half hours to market his pigs at the Wednesday sale.

"I come about every fortnight and usually bring heavy pork or bacon pigs," he said.

"The prices haven't grown as much as beef probably because there's too much imported product coming in, and we need the dollar to drop to make the imported product uncompetitive."

Mr Hughes said although imported pork from Canada could be cheaper, choosing local product was a more sustainable option.

"Buying fresh product from Australian producers, we're a cleaner, greener product," he said.

"There are less food miles on our product while buying local enables us to employ local people at piggeries.

"If we didn't have to compete with imported product we could increase our stocking numbers and employ more local people and have a product consumers can be really confident in."

Mr Burke said pig prices were set to rise as numbers increased for summer.

"What we do see is the smaller pigs as spit pigs, and that market tends to pick up around September and October leading into Christmas," Mr Burke said.

"I'm confident that given another few months we'll see the pork and bacon market start to get dearer."



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