A certain firmness is coming back in bacon joints, with gammons firming by 5p/lb. Otherwise trading remains flat, but at least a lift in gammons is helping to improve the carcase balance. With UK kill rates fading below 270,000 a week for the first time in a long while, there are signs of a potentially firmer market. But after so many false dawns in the past two years, no one in the bacon trade will be holding their breath. {{PROVISIONS }}