Steeply declining pigmeat production is now a well established trend in the UK, and latest available abattoir throughput estimates showing the weekly national clean pig kill dropping below 250,000 head in mid March while the sow cull remained fairly heavy at above 7000 mean it will continue for at least the next few months. Part of the industry's problem is the small proportion of this output used for bacon and ham, still only 20% in the first two months of this year. Home producers are therefore trapped, their diminishing supply causing some value-adding customers to grumble about scarcity but the volume contraction nevertheless leaving too much raw material in those parts of the pork market where demand seems to be unreliable and import pressure on prices unexpectedly persistent. {{MEAT }}