According to Meat and Livestock Australia, pig prices usually start falling in January, following the high demand period in the lead up to Christmas.
However, MLA reports that the firm to dearer trend witnessed last year has continued into 2009 for all categories.
Sows have received the largest gains as their tight supply shows no sign of relenting.
MLA says domestic demand has been strong enough to keep carryovers at an almost non-existent level, while export enquiry is strong with the looming Chinese New Year celebrations providing most of the impetus.
The pork industry is still hoping that the cheaper grain prices will flow through to producers to assist their margins.
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