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Price Trends

05 Nov 2018

EU Reference Price (p/kg dwt)

120.29 (-0.3p/kg)

03 Nov 2018

Est GB clean pig Slaughterings (000 head)

181.23 (-4.34%)

27 Oct 2018

Est GB weekly sow slaughterings (000 head)

5.32 (0.33%)

1. Pig price continues to decline

During the week ending 10 November, the EU-spec SPP declined by 0.41p on the week to 143.92p/kg, 10.12p lower than the same week in 2017.

2. African Swine Fever and trade war impact Chinese pig market

ASF has become a major issue within China since our last update. Since the first confirmed case in August, incidences have increased and there are currently over 60 confirmed cases in the country. Until October ASF had been restricted to backyard or smaller farms however ASF has recently been confirmed at a large scale farm, which will fuel concerns that the spread of ASF in
China is far from over. ASF has now reached many of China’s pig producing regions, although culling of infected animals is still a small share of the total pig population in China. The Chinese government’s policy of imposing cross-border trading bans to affected regions is reportedly having an impact on production and pig supply throughout the country.

3. Danish pig herd growing at a slower rate

According to the latest figures from Statistics Denmark, the number of pigs in Denmark on 1 October 2018 was 2.3% above year earlier levels, at 13 million head. Although the herd is still in growth, this represents a decrease in the rate of expansion since the July census, when the total pig herd had grown 3.3% on 2017.

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20 November 2018

East Midlands Pig Club

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21 November 2018

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Gipsy Hill Hotel, Gipsy Hill Lane, Exeter, Devon EX1 3RN

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