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This section contains a range of articles providing the latest news, commentary and analysis of the pig market in the UK, EU and globally.

EU slaughterings developments defy expectations

23 March 2017

Surprisingly, pig slaughterings within the EU were marginally up for 2016 as a whole, given the decline in the breeding herd reported in both December 2015 and June 2016.

UK pig herd increasing in December

22 March 2017

Defra figures from the 1 December 2016 pig survey show a modest increase in the overall UK pig herd, by 3% to 4.5 million head.

UK pig prices- week ended 18 March

22 March 2017

In week ending 18 March, the EU-spec SPP rose for the third consecutive week, by 0.86p to settle at 151.04p/kg.

Ongoing positivity for EU pig prices

22 March 2017

UK producers, like those across the EU, are currently experiencing much more positive market conditions than this time last year.

EU Pork exports go from strength to strength

21 March 2017

After a successful 2016, exports of fresh and frozen pork from Europe started the New Year strongly. Volumes exported from the EU-28 in January were up more than 20% compared with the same month last year, at 187,300 tonnes.

Producers share of retail price hits highest in 31 months

20 March 2017

The share of pork retail prices received by producers rose in February, averaging 40.5%. This represents half a percentage point increase on January and the largest share since July 2014.

Pig throughputs down again in February

17 March 2017

UK clean pig slaughterings in February were 12% lower than the same month in 2016, at 769 thousand head, according to latest figures from Defra. 

UK PIG PRICES - WEEK ENDED 11 MARCH

15 March 2017

In week ending 11 March, the EU-spec SPP rose for the second week in a row, at 150.18p/kg, an increase of 0.24p. 

Tighter supplies impact January pork trade

15 March 2017

At 16.8 thousand tonnes, UK fresh/frozen pork exports during January showed a small decline on the same month a year earlier, of less than 1%.

Will latest WTO ruling enable EU trade with Russia to resume?

15 March 2017

Russian pork imports declined again during 2016, with shipments for the year dropping below 300,000 tonnes for the first time since 2000. One reason for this is that trade with the EU has been affected by the implementation of bans in 2014. But are some parts of this trade about to resume?