Spain's pig industry, the second biggest in Europe after the Germans' and a surprisingly significant supplier to the UK market recently, is being hit quite hard by an epidemic of Classical Swine Fever. All movement of pigs except direct from farm to abattoir has been banned. On the face of it this could turn into a new threat of rising prices across the European Union. However, the scale of the problem was already known before the major markets began turning significantly weaker early in the month. Traders apparently believe availability of Spanish pigmeat will not be reduced seriously. And from UK buyers' viewpoint the epidemic could prove beneficial if it provokes new boycotts of Spanish and other EU pigmeat by third country customers. {{M/E MEAT }}