Central bankers' intervention in the currency markets to resuscitate the sickly euro no doubt seems good news to pigmeat processors and producers battling against cheap imports, but the price differentials between the UK and most continental markets are much greater than any foreseeable exchange rate adjustments. British pigs were traditionally pricier than most others in the EU partly because the retail market for fresh pork cuts and joints here was said to demand a different, lighter animal. Yet the premium has persisted in the face of carcase weight convergence as further processed products have taken an increasing share of the saleable meat. In current trading UK contract and spot prices are flat or softening slightly, but buyers here must still pay far more than most of their competitors. {{MEAT }}