There are signs of a certain firmness returning to the bacon market, with prices of rasher bacon firming across the board. April kill rates in the UK are have fallen back from last year's levels: in the week ending April 15, 245,000 clean pigs went to slaughter against 280,000 the year before. This has increased pressure on curers and slicers to procure raw material and will lead to a tighter market ­ while farmers scramble to get back on the rollercoaster as weaner prices start to rocket. {{PROVISIONS }}

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