Retail up, but return down Widening price spreads for pigmeat revealed by the new MLC data are particularly likely to provoke resentment among producers because the livestock and product markets appear to have been forced in opposite directions. The broader spreads for beef and lamb reflected retail prices increasing more than farmgate returns between February 2001 and last month. But Tony Fowler estimates the average retail pork price jumped from 206p per kg to 224p despite the producer return dropping from 95p to 87p. The retail bacon price edged up from about 344p to 347p, while average farmgate value of the pig softened from nearly 97p to below 89p. {{MEAT }}