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Price Trends

11 Feb 2019

EU Reference Price (p/kg dwt)

117.85 (0.89p/kg)

09 Feb 2019

Est GB clean pig Slaughterings (000 head)

176.77 (-3.4%)

12 Jan 2019

Est GB weekly sow slaughterings (000 head)

5.98 (2.56%)

2. Biosecurity

Biosecurity is the set of practical measures taken by pig businesses to limit the spread of infectious diseases, both within a farm and from one farm to another, or from elsewhere, eg the abattoir. Reducing the spread of disease will help to maintain the health of the unit, reduce the costs of disease and maintain productivity.

1. EU pig production remains up year-on-year

According to the latest figures published by Eurostat, EU pig meat production rose 2% year-on-year in November to total just under 2.1 million tonnes.

2. EU pork export prospects in Japan receive a boost

The EU recently signed a trade agreement with Japan, enabling its members to benefit from lower duties on some pork products, including frozen pork and ground seasoned pork (GSP), from April 2019.

3. GB pig prices continue downwards

The EU-spec SPP continued on a downward trajectory in the week ended 9 February, back 0.41p to average 137.74p/kg. The current price is around 8p lower than the same week of 2018. Industry reports suggest that supply could become tighter in the coming months which could relieve some pressure on the price.

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