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Pig price continues to decline

14 November 2018

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.

African Swine Fever and trade war impact Chinese pig market

14 November 2018

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.

Danish pig herd growing at a slower rate

14 November 2018

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.

Use of maize in animal feed production increases

14 November 2018

In total during quarter three of 2018 GB animal feed production totalled almost 3.5 million tonnes, up 4% year-on-year, according to the latest data from AHDB. This figure includes feed for poultry (including integrated poultry units) as well as feed for pigs, cattle and sheep.

Poultry market update – November 2018

08 November 2018

Alongside pork, beef and lamb, poultry is another popular meat protein choice for consumers and competes as a rival against the red meat proteins. So although poultry is not a sector AHDB covers in depth, understanding developments in the poultry industry can offer some insight into potential implications for red meat demand.

SPP continues downward trend as APP steadies

07 November 2018

During the week ending 3 November, the EU-spec SPP fell once again, by 0.84p to average the week on 144.33p/kg. 

South Korean pork imports continue to rise

06 November 2018

Despite the expectation that South Korean imports of fresh/frozen pork would slow as the year progressed due to increased domestic production, imports have actually increased by 15% on the year, to 430,700 tonnes in the year to September.

EU production growth slows in August, but still up in the year to date

06 November 2018

EU pig meat production fell slightly in August, compared with both July and year earlier levels. However, production remains 3% higher across the bloc in the year to date compared with 2017, according to data from Eurostat.

Keep simple and focused to succeed, says David Black winner

06 November 2018

Keeping things simple and focused will help keep the British pig industry fit for the future says the winner of this year’s David Black Award.

The award is presented to someone who has made a valuable and sustained contribution to the British pig industry and this year goes to Mick Sloyan.

Rising farmgate prices push up FBI, but increased feed costs prevent further rises

05 November 2018

Defra has now released Farm Business Income (FBI) data for England for 2017/18. Average Farm Business Income increased for all farms apart from specialist pig farms, according to the Farm Business Survey (FBS) data from Defra. Perhaps un-surprisingly, exchange rate changes were a large influencing factor. A weaker pound leading to price rises for a number of commodities, and increasing the value of the Basic Payment, which was 13% higher year-on-year.