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UK pig prices - week ended 20 December 2014

24 December 2014

Although in week ended 20 December the EU-spec SPP fell for the 11th consecutive week, the decline was the slowest during that period, down 0.34p to 143.50p per kg.

Little change in German pig numbers

24 December 2014

Provisional figures from the November pig census show that the number of pigs in Germany was little changed from a year earlier.

Danish and Dutch exports expanding

23 December 2014

In contrast to last year’s trend, total Danish pork exports were up 2% on the year between January and September 2014.

December Pig Market Trends out now

23 December 2014

The December edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) is out now. As well as the usual summary of developments in the UK and EU pig markets and the global feed market over the last month, this month’s issue includes more detailed articles on consumer confidence, costs of production, emerging markets and the Spanish pig market.

EU trade with East Asia strengthens

19 December 2014

October figures show a 12% year-on-year increase in EU pork exports, to 170,300 tonnes. This was the highest monthly figure in records back to 2002, highlighting the scale of excess supplies available on the European pig market.

UK herd figures revised down marginall

19 December 2014

Revisions to the final Defra June Survey figures do not materially alter the previously recorded trends in the UK pig herd.

UK pig slaughterings jump in November

18 December 2014

Latest November UK clean pig slaughtering figures indicate that there were plentiful supplies on the UK market.

UK pig prices - week ended 13 December

17 December 2014

UK pig prices - week ended 13 December

Will improving economic conditions increase food sales?

17 December 2014

Read our analysis of latest evidence about consumer confidence and how it may impact on grocery sales

Feed market update - 17 December 2014

17 December 2014

Despite May-15 UK feed wheat futures trending downwards throughout most of the week, on Friday fears resurfaced that Russia may lower grain exports in order to help solve its problem of high domestic inflation. 

Italian imports increasingly dominated by Germany

17 December 2014

For the first three quarters of 2014 Italian pork imports were enhanced by product previously bound for Russia being redirected throughout the continent.

Spanish growth tempered by falling prices

16 December 2014

Read our latest analysis of the Spanish pig market.

Further improvements in physical performance

15 December 2014

Latest figures for the physical performance of the GB pig herd paint a mostly positive picture. 

Producer share of retail price falls in November

12 December 2014

In November, the producer share of the retail price for pork continued its downward trend and fell to 38%.

Contrasting trends in UK pork exports and imports

12 December 2014

Latest figures published by HMRC show a 2% year-on-year increase in October pork exports. 

More EU pig meat destined for export

10 December 2014

The latest Prospects report from the EU Commission paints a picture of recovery for EU meat markets in the medium term. 

Feed market update - 10 December 2014

10 December 2014

After peaking last Tuesday, UK feed wheat futures prices have moved lower.

UK pig prices - week ended 6 December 2014

10 December 2014

For the week ended 6 December, the EU-spec GB SPP continued to fall, for the ninth consecutive week, to 144.65p per kg.

EU weaner prices turn the corner

09 December 2014

The average EU weaner price for the week ended 30 November stood at €36.49 per head, having recovered since the low point in October.

EU pig slaughterings up in September

09 December 2014

Data for September EU pig slaughterings show an increase of 6% on the year. 

Producer margins still positive in Quarter 3

09 December 2014

Based on AHDB/BPEX estimates, the average cost of GB pig production during the third quarter of 2014 was just under 144p/kg. As a result, despite pig prices falling steadily between July and September, average producer margins remained positive.

GB pig herd performance improving

06 December 2014

Latest figures from the annual report on Pig Cost of Production in Selected Countries show the physical performance of the British pig herd is still improving.

Emerging markets support EU exports

06 December 2014

Russia’s ban on imports of EU pork has undoubtedly had a major impact on the pig market. However, EU pork exports have held up relatively well, partly because of higher exports to a range of smaller markets.

UK pig price - week ended 29 November 2014

03 December 2014

For the week ended 29 November, the EU spec GB SPP fell further by 0.61p to 145.53p per kg.

Feed market update - 3 December 2014

03 December 2014

May-15 UK feed wheat futures prices closed at £140.95/t on Tuesday (2 Dec), up £5.55/t on the previous Tuesday’s close.

Russian demand drives Chilean pork exports

02 December 2014

Chile’s pork exports between January and September were down 2% compared with the same period in 2013.

Global prices falling from record high

01 December 2014

This year, global pork prices have reached unprecedented levels.

German pork trade stable

01 December 2014

Latest German pork trade figures for January to September show a 1% decline in exports, as volumes fell to 1.27 million tonnes. This was despite the Russian ban on EU pork imports; Russia was Germany’s largest non-EU market last year. 

Northern Ireland herd figures revised down

28 November 2014

Revised figures for the Northern Ireland pig herd show a slightly smaller increase than was recorded in the provisional figures published in August.

Quarterly Category Report published

27 November 2014

The latest edition of the BPEX Quarterly Category Report has now been published.

Gammon – not just for Christmas

27 November 2014

Gammon joints have been a Christmas food staple for centuries.

Feed market update - 26 November 2014

26 November 2014

Grain markets continued their rally through the past week. At Tuesday’s close, May-15 UK feed wheat futures had reached £135.40/t, the highest settlement price since mid-July.

UK pig prices - week ended 22 November 2014

22 November 2014

For the week ended 22 November, the EU-spec GB SPP fell by 0.75 to 146.14p per kg.

Slowdown in EU prices eases

17 November 2014

In the 4-week period ended 16 November, EU pig prices fell by almost €2 to €141.11 per 100kg. The EU pig price stood at its lowest point since February 2011 but the decline has slowed in recent weeks, following the sharp falls in September and October.

Higher Spanish exports in January - September

14 November 2014

Latest Spanish pork export figures for January to September show a 5% increase in trade. Unlike most EU countries, Spanish access to the Russian market was already restricted before the start of this year but it has been particularly successful at finding other non-EU markets for its exports.

November Pig Market Trends out now

13 November 2014

The November edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published today. This month’s issue includes detailed articles on the UK-EU price gap and imports, global market outlook, international costs of production and EU economic forecasts.

GB margins positive despite above average costs

12 November 2014

Latest figures show that GB pig production costs remained higher than most other major producing countries in 2013. However, UK pig prices averaged 12p above the EU average during the year. New analysis looks at the implications of this and more recent price changes for producer margins.

Global pork exports likely to recover in 2015

11 November 2014

According to the latest forecasts published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), global pork trade is likely to recover in 2015, after declining for two consecutive years.

September EU pork exports robust

10 November 2014

EU pork exports in September rose by 1% compared with a year earlier, to 141,800 tonnes, only the second monthly increase since the Russian import ban was imposed. Exports to all other key markets recorded increases.

Higher UK supplies in October

07 November 2014

UK clean pig slaughterings in October reached just over 1 million head, almost 2% above the same month last year. With higher slaughterings and heavier carcase weights, there was 4% more domestic pig meat on the market compared with a year earlier.

UK pig prices - week ended 15 November 2014

06 November 2014

For the week ended 15 November, the EU-spec GB SPP fell to 146.89p per kg. This was 1.18p lower than the week earlier, driven by continued pressure on demand and high supplies.

Consumer trends and China feature at AHDB Outlook 2015

05 November 2014

Bookings remain open for the 2015 AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday 11 February.The programme will explore factors that affect delegates’ businesses in their respective sectors, with a particular focus on future consumer trends and China and other Asian markets.

Feed market update - 19 November 2014

05 November 2014

UK May-15 feed wheat futures gained strongly through last week, closing on Tuesday at £131.25/t.

Welsh pig numbers up

04 November 2014

New figures from the June Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture show a strong year-on-year increase in the number of pigs in Wales.

Has the link between UK and EU pig prices been broken?

04 November 2014

This year, the gap between UK and EU pig prices has risen to unprecedented levels. This might have been expected to lead to a surge in pig meat imports but they were only up 4% in the first three quarters of the year. It might also have led to a fall in exports as they struggled to compete on price; in fact, exports are up 11% for the year to date. So is the UK market now immune to developments in the rest of the EU?

Irish trade strengthens in first nine months of 2014

03 November 2014

At 110,700 tonnes, latest trade figures showed a stronger position for Irish exports between January and September, as volumes increased by 12% compared with the first nine months of 2013.

French exports down but imports stable

03 November 2014

In the first nine months of this year, French pork exports declined by 3% compared with the same period in 2013. Pork imports into France came down marginally year on year.

Only slow improvement in EU economy

03 November 2014

Economic growth in both the EU as a whole and the euro area is likely to remain weak for the next two years, according to the EU Commission’s autumn economic forecast.

Producer share of retail price stable in October

03 November 2014

October figures calculated by AHDB/BPEX show that producers received 40% of the retail pork price. The producer share is in line with the figures from the previous two months, as retail prices have fallen at the same time as pig prices.

Feed market update - 12 November 2014

02 November 2014

UK feed wheat futures (May-15) closed at £126.0/t on Tuesday (11 November) unchanged from a week earlier, although prices fell to £124.0/t as at Friday’s close.

Higher pig numbers in Denmark

02 November 2014

According to the latest census figures for 1 October, total pig numbers had increased by 4% compared with the same date in 2014. This was the largest pig herd since the second quarter of 2011 and was a result of more pigs being kept for slaughter. The total breeding herd was unchanged from a year previously.

UK pig price - week ended 8 November 2014

02 November 2014

For the week ended 8 November, the EU spec GB SPP fell by 1.69p to 148.07p per kg.

PEDv raises Japanese import requirement

01 November 2014

Latest figures show a 13% increase in Japanese pork imports in January to September this year, compared with the same period in 2013. With additional supplies available, the EU became the main provider of pork to Japan.

Pig farm incomes up in 2013/14

01 November 2014

According to new figures published by Defra, average Farm Business Income on specialist pig farms rose sharply in 2013/14, to an average of £65,200. This was the highest since 2009/10, also the last time that pig farm incomes were higher than the average for all types of farm.

Barbecue use cools in 2014

01 November 2014

Latest data show that there were 65 million barbecue meal occasions in the 12 weeks ending in August 2014. The same period in 2013, which was the driest and warmest barbecue season since 2006, saw 85 million occasions, which was a big increase on the 45 million in 2012.

UK pig prices - week ended 1 November 2014

01 November 2014

For the week ended 1 November, the EU-spec GB SPP fell to its lowest point since the series began in April, at 149.76p per kg.

Feed market update - 5 November 2014

01 November 2014

UK feed wheat futures fell over the week after rallying through most of October. The May-15 contract dropped to £126.00/t on Tuesday, having fallen since last Wednesday, the longest continuous drop since late-September.

EU pig kill marginally down in August

01 November 2014

August figures published by Eurostat showed a marginal decline in EU pig slaughterings compared with the same month in 2013, to 19.3 million head. Pig meat production in August was also almost unchanged from a year earlier.

Animal feed production lower in third quarter

01 November 2014

Latest figures from Defra show that GB production of animal feed in July to September was 5% lower than a year earlier. In contrast, pig feed production was 1% higher than a year before, mainly due to a 6% rise for finishing feed.

UK imports and exports strengthen in September

01 November 2014

During September, pork imports into the UK increased by 3% on the year . However, despite the gap between EU and UK pig prices reaching unprecedented levels, the increase in imports remains modest. UK pork exports also increased by 3% in September. Increased demand from Asian markets led UK exports, particularly from China.

Contrasting trends in US and Canadian exports

01 November 2014

At 1.1 million tonnes, US pork exports rose by 4% in the first nine months of this year, compared with the same period in 2013. Canadian exports weakened by 3% year on year in the same period, to 646,400 tonnes.

Reduction in Chinese imports in year to date

31 October 2014

Figures show a 2% decline in pork imports in the first nine months of this year. The EU maintained its position as the dominant supplier of pork to China, accounting for 63% of the total, while the UK's market share rose to 5%.

UK pig meat supply growth set to be slower

31 October 2014

Based on the bigger than expected fall in the UK breeding herd recorded in the June survey, UK pig meat production in the coming months may grow more slowly than previously forecast. Nevertheless, with productivity continuing to improve, latest AHDB/BPEX forecasts suggest that supplies will again be higher over the coming year.

Burgers Drive Growth in Eating Out

30 October 2014

In the second quarter of this year, eating out at restaurants and other food outlets grew for the third quarter running, but does this really mean the end of cautious consumer spending?

UK pig prices - week ended 18 October 2014

29 October 2014

The EU-spec GB SPP fell to 152.35p per kg for the week ended 18 October, down by almost 2p for the second week in a row.

Feed market update - October 2014

28 October 2014

Global grain prices received some support last week as the wet weather in the US grain belt hampered maize harvest progress and this filtered into the UK feed wheat futures market.

USDA forecasts growth in global pork trade in 2015

27 October 2014

The latest global outlook report published by the US Department of Agriculture estimates an increase of almost 2% in world pig meat production in 2014 as a whole, to 110.6 million tonnes. Global pork exports will increase by 4% in 2015, to 7.2 million tonnes.

Challenging times for EU pig producers

26 October 2014

Read our latest analysis of the EU market situation and prospects for the coming months.

EU pork exports down again in August

25 October 2014

Latest EU pork export figures for August highlight a 10% year-on-year reduction in shipments but pig offal exports rose by a similar share.

New edition of MeatStats published

24 October 2014

MeatStats, AHDB Market Intelligence’s set of data tables covering different aspects of the UK and global meat industry has now been updated to include data up to the second quarter of 2014.

Smallest UK pig breeding herd since 2008

23 October 2014

Provisional UK figures from the June survey indicate a 4% year-on-year decline in the overall breeding herd, to 502,000 head, the smallest recorded since 2008. However, despite this, further productivity gains mean that feeding pig numbers were only 1% lower compared with June 2013.

September pig meat production highest since 1999

22 October 2014

September figures show a 4% increase in clean pig slaughterings, to 821,900 head, the highest September figure since 2001. Clean pig carcase weights reached a record high level at 81.7kg, so pig meat production was the highest September figure since 1999.

UK pig prices - week ended 11 October 2014

21 October 2014

The EU-spec GB SPP resumed its downward trend, falling to 153.98p per kg for the week ended 11 October. This was almost 2p below the level a week earlier, with post-DAPP contract changes still adding volatility to the price.

Grain Market Outlook

20 October 2014

AHDB/HGCA’s flagship Grain Market Outlook Conference took place in London yesterday. The conference saw the launch of a new daily publication on the cereals and oilseeds market.

Feed market update - 15 October 2014

19 October 2014

Read our latest summary of developments in UK and global markets for cereals and oilseeds.

EU supplies set to be stable but prices low

18 October 2014

Latest forecasts suggest that pig slaughterings across the EU are set to remain close to year earlier levels through the rest of 2014 and the first half of 2015. However, the relatively tight supply situation may not be sufficient to provide much support to prices.

UK pig meat trade slower in August

17 October 2014

In contrast to the trends recorded earlier in the year, UK imports and exports of pig meat were both lower than a year ago in August.

EU meat production returns to growth

15 October 2014

According to the EU Commission’s latest Short Term Outlook report, EU meat production is set to return to growth this year following two years of contraction. Further growth is expected next year, with pork output rising for the first time in four years.

EU pig meat production down in July

14 October 2014

According to the latest figures, EU pig slaughterings in July were only marginally down compared with the same month last year. Lighter weights mean that pig meat production was down by over 1%.

Shopper needs drive long term retail change

13 October 2014

A brief look back over the past 40 years demonstrates that the grocery market is continually evolving.

Producer share of retail price unchanged in September

12 October 2014

The producer share of the final pork retail price in September was 40%, virtually unchanged from a month earlier. This was a result of retail prices falling at a similar rate to the farmgate pig price in September.

UK pig prices - week ended 4 October 2014

11 October 2014

For the week ended 4 October, the EU-spec GB SPP edged up by 0.41 on a week earlier, to 155.62p per kg. This increase came despite industry reports indicating ongoing weak demand and is probably the result of changes to some contracts following the end of the DAPP last week.

Premium sausages still important despite sales fall

10 October 2014

GB retail sales of sausages were down 2% (18,000 tonnes) in the year ending September 2014, according to Kantar Worldpanel. With sales of standard-tier sausages increasing by 4%, the decline has been focused on premium sausages.

Feed market update - 8 October 2014

09 October 2014

UK feed wheat futures have seen upward movement over the past week and have moved back above the £110/t level.

Russia now the key export market for Brazil

08 October 2014

Latest figures show an 18% year-on-year decline in Brazilian pork exports in the third quarter of 2014. However, Russia's significance to Brazilian exporters increased, taking nearly half of shipments in September. Prices have also risen sharply.

Scottish pig herd stabilising

07 October 2014

According to the figures, the Scottish pig population in June was 3% higher compared with June 2013. The Scottish pig herd has declined steadily since late 1990s but in the last year, the breeding herd and feeding pig numbers rose for the first time since 2010.

Pig price reporting service changes

06 October 2014

As last week’s DAPP was the last to be published, we have made some changes to how you can access pig prices in future.

EU weaner price at three year low

05 October 2014

The EU weaner price has fallen to its lowest point for the year so far in the last week of September. At £38.96 per head, the EU average weaner price for the week ended 28 September was €11 below the start of the year and was the lowest price recorded since November 2011.

Belgian pork exports slightly down on last year

04 October 2014

Belgium is a net exporter of pig meat and in the first half of this year the country exported, 1% lower compared with the January to June period in 2013. A 3% fall in Germany's intake was more than offset by a 19% increase in exports to Poland.

October UK pig meat market update out now

03 October 2014

The October edition of our UK pig meat market update out now

Feed market update - 1 October 2014

02 October 2014

UK feed wheat futures are at their lowest level since July 2010, while Chicago soyabean futures are at their lowest since February 2010.

UK pig prices - week ended 27 September 2014

01 October 2014

For the week ended 27 September, the GB SPP fell further to 155.21p per kg, down by almost 1p from the previous week. This confirms that the small increase last week was only temporary and the pig market remains weak.

Dutch pig exports decline in first half of 2014

30 September 2014

During the first two quarters of 2014, Dutch pork exports were slightly behind the previous year. Live pig exports were down 15% in the first half of the year, compared to the previous year, to 4.3 million head.

EU pig prices continue to decline

29 September 2014

At €158.24 per 100kg, EU pig prices had generally weakened in the four week period ended 21 September, down by €6. Despite falling domestic quotes, the gap between EU and UK pig prices stood at €33 per 100kg.

September Pig Market Trends out now

28 September 2014

The September edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday.

Reduction in number of UK pig farms

27 September 2014

Defra have recently released figures showing the a 1% fall in the number of UK pig holdings between June 2012 and June 2013, to 11,000. Another new dataset confirms that over half of English pigs are located in Yorkshire and East Anglia.

September US pig numbers down

27 September 2014

According to the latest figures published by USDA, the number of pigs on 1 September totalled 65.4 million head. This was down by 2% compared with the same point in 2013 but was 6% up on the previous quarter.

Smaller English herd but expansion in Northern Ireland

26 September 2014

Read our analysis of the latest figures on the size of the pig herd in England and Northern Ireland

EU breeding herd up for first time in nearly a decade

25 September 2014

Figures from the May/June agricultural surveys carried out in the major EU Member States show an increase in the pig herd and, for the first time in nearly a decade, there was also an increase in the breeding herd.

Is the decline in the EU breeding herd over?

24 September 2014

Read about latest pig herd numbers from EU Member States and what they may mean for the pig market in the year ahead.

UK pig prices - week ended 20 September 2014

23 September 2014

For the week ended 20 September, the GB SPP rose by 0.05p to 156.12p per kg, the first increase since late June. However, this may only be a temporary deviation from the general trend of late, especially as pig prices in the EU continued to weaken.

Feed market update - 24 September 2014

22 September 2014

Read about latest developments in global markets for cereals and oilseeds.

Margins remain positive for most pig producers

21 September 2014

Read about the latest analysis of pig production costs for different stages of the production cycle.

Danish pork exports higher despite Russian ban

20 September 2014

Danish pork exports in the first half of this year were up 2% from a year earlier, despite a fall in production and the Russian import ban. Weaner exports continue to rise, contributing to the fall in output.

EU pork exports decline in July

19 September 2014

Latest figures published by Eurostat show a 6% year-on-year fall in EU-28 pork exports in July. Growth in Asian markets failed to fully offset the loss of the Russian trade.

A turbulent period for the global pork trade

18 September 2014

Read about a turbulent few months for the global pork trade and prospects for the next period.

Higher UK pig meat supplies in August

17 September 2014

Latest figures for August showed a 1% increase in clean pig slaughterings compared with a year earlier, to 775,800 head. With increased carcase weights, total pig meat production reached 64,700 tonnes, 2% higher than the same month in 2013.

Smallest English breeding herd in 60 years

17 September 2014

Latest figures published by Defra recorded the smallest English pig breeding herd in around 60 years, at 329,000 head, 5% down compared with the same point in 2013. Despite the lower breeding herd, productivity is pushing the overall pig herd to higher levels.

Feed market update - 17 September 2014

16 September 2014

Read our latest summary of developments in the global cereals and oilseeds markets

UK pig prices - week ended 13 September 2014

15 September 2014

At 156.07p per kg, the GB SPP for the week ended 13 September continued on its downward trend, with a 0.84p decline on the week before.

Herd expansion in key member states

14 September 2014

Provisional results of pig censuses from some key EU member states show a more positive picture than in recent years. Lower feed prices this year have meant some producers were able to expand, resulting in a 1% increase in overall pig numbers across these countries. Total sow numbers also increased on a year earlier.

Lower prices drive higher pork purchases

13 September 2014

Shoppers’ spending on pork was up 1% year on year during June-August. The average price for pork was down just over 4%, which helped consumers to increase the amount they purchased per shop. As a result volumes were up some 5% year on year.

Higher Italian imports as production lower

12 September 2014

According to the latest figures, Italy’s pork imports in the first half of this year were up 9% from a year earlier, reaching the highest half year figure in records back to 1998. The high import requirement was a direct consequence of a sharp reduction in domestic pig meat production.

EU pig meat output down in first half of 2014

11 September 2014

With an extra working day in the month this year, EU pig slaughterings in June were 2% higher than last year at 19.2 million head. Nevertheless, this was the lowest monthly kill of the year and supplies remained tight across Europe. Overall, throughputs in the first half of the year were 1% lower than in 2013.

USDA report prompts further feed price falls

10 September 2014

The latest world supply and demand estimates, released by the USDA yesterday further compounded the bearish sentiment that the grains and oilseeds market is experiencing.

More pig meat entering UK but exports up too

09 September 2014

9% more pork and bacon entered the UK from overseas during July 2014 than a year before. Pork exports were also up by 9% during the month, with growth again led by China.

Global food prices falling but meat prices continue to rise

08 September 2014

The latest food price index from the UN FAO, covering August, fell for the fifth consecutive month, to its lowest point since September 2010. However, as has been the case recently, meat prices continued to rise in August.

UK Pig Prices - week ended 6 September 2014

07 September 2014

The GB SPP edged down for the 10th consecutive week, to 156.91p per kg. This marked a week-on-week change of 0.26p per kg, although this was the smallest fall during this period of decline.

Feed market update - 10 September 2014

06 September 2014

Read our latest summary of developments in the global cereals and oilseeds markets

Chilean and Brazilian exports to Russia increase

05 September 2014

Following the Russian bans on EU, US & Canadian imports, Brazil and Chile are the main pork exporters which still have access to the Russian market. Latest figures show that, despite their exports falling overall, both have sent more pork to Russia in recent months. Export prices have also increased significantly.

Food price inflation reaches new low

04 September 2014

Latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, show that grocery price inflation fell to 0.2%, the lowest level for at least 8 years. This trend has been followed by retail meat prices, which were unchanged on a year before in July 2014.

Producer share at a low point since start of the year

03 September 2014

According the latest farm to retail price spread for August, producers received 40% of the overall retail price, the lowest point since the start of the year.

Indoor breeders drive productivity growth

03 September 2014

Latest physical performance data show a further improvement in GB breeding herd performance overall, although outdoor productivity was slightly lower. Performance also improved somewhat in the feeding herd over the last year.

Canadian pig numbers up

02 September 2014

Canadian pig herd on 1 July increased by 1% on a year earlier.

UK pig price - week ended 30 August

02 September 2014

The EU spec DAPP fell, to 157.47p per kg, 10p below the previous year level.

Higher Spanish exports in first half of year

02 September 2014

At 507,300 tonnes, Spanish pork exports strengthened in the first half of the year, despite the loss of the Russian market post the ASF outbreak in Poland and Latvia.

German exports weaken in January to June

01 September 2014

The latest half year figures from Statistics Germany recorded a 4% year-on-year decline in pork exports, to 823,100 tonnes, despite lower domestic consumption. At 492,400 tonnes, German pork imports also weakened in the first half of this year, down by 1% compared with the previous year.

Producer margins remain positive

01 September 2014

Latest AHDB/BPEX estimates of the cost of pig production have now been published. The new figures cover the first two quarters of 2014 and, in future, estimates will be published each quarter, rather than monthly as in the past. The new estimates show that the cost of pig production in the second quarter of 2014 averaged 154p per kg.

Northern Ireland pig census suggests expansion

01 September 2014

Northern Ireland, total pig numbers increased by 9% compared with June 2013.

Feed market update - 3 September 2014

01 September 2014

Read our summary of latest developments in the domestic and global grain and oilseed markets.

The online challenge for red meat

31 July 2014

Online grocery sales will more than double in the next five years, according to IGD. The need for longer use by dates and product quality assurance are two of the key challenges facing fresh meat in the online channel. Nearly half of online grocery shoppers say they prefer to buy fresh foods in-store rather than buying online.

Outlook for UK Pig Meat Supplies - July 2014

30 July 2014

A summary of the AHDB/BPEX forecasts for UK pig meat supplies published in July 2014. These forecasts cover the remainder of 2014 and 2015.

Feed market update - 30 July 2014

30 July 2014

UK feed wheat prices continued on the downward trend this week, weakened by the good harvest reports from the EU and UK. Concerns over dry weather in key US soyabean growing states and strong export sales provoked a price rally over the past week.

EU pig meat demand holding up

30 July 2014

Demand for meat in the EU has generally slowed since the economic downturn in 2008, particularly for red meat. However, in comparison to beef and lamb, pork has performed relatively well. Data from key countries for early 2014 provide further confirmation of this. However, while the EU economic outlook suggests some improvement, growth is likely to be sluggish and some uncertainties remain.

EU producers missing benefits of lower production costs

30 July 2014

Recent falls in feed prices will have been welcome to pig farmers everywhere. This is particularly true of many producers across the EU, where subdued pig prices since the autumn have meant that margins have remained tight.

Demand key to outlook as UK pig supplies increase

29 July 2014

Latest AHDB/BPEX forecasts for UK pig meat supplies point to an increase in availability in the coming months. This has the potential to sustain the recent softening of domestic pig prices. However, much will depend on how demand responds both at home and on export markets.

Northern Ireland pig industry overview

29 July 2014

While the Northern Ireland pig industry is not a key player in the global pig trade, the region has become increasingly important for Ireland and GB, given its close proximity. The total number of pigs on farm in 2013 reached its highest level since 1999, making up around 10% of the UK herd.

Higher pork imports into South Korea

26 July 2014

At 169,700 tonnes, South Korean pork imports strengthened by 7% in the first half of this year, compared with 2013, as PEDv hit its domestic production and increased demand for imports. Korea’s dependency the EU market increased, as imports rose by nearly 40% during the first half of the year.

UK pig prices - week ended 26 July 2014

26 July 2014

For the week ended 26 July, the GB SPP fell to 160.94p per kg. This marked a decline for the fourth consecutive week as prices fell to their lowest point since April 2013.

July Pig Market Trends out now

25 July 2014

The July edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday. As well as the usual summary of developments in the UK and EU pig markets and the global feed market over the last month, this month’s issue includes more detailed articles on the outlook for UK supplies, Northern Ireland, EU pig meat consumption, EU production costs and online meat sales.

Feed market update - 23 July 2014

23 July 2014

Favourable growing conditions and strong supply prospects for new season crops have continued to exert downward price pressure on grains throughout the last week. The oilseed complex has also been influenced by bearish factors throughout the last week, with favourable weather and strong supply prospects putting pressure on prices.

Highest May UK pork exports since 2000

22 July 2014

The UK’s pork export market performed strongly in May, with shipments up 19% on a year earlier at 16,200 tonnes. At 30,500 tonnes, pork imports in May were only marginally up on the previous year.

UK pig meat supplies set to increase

22 July 2014

Latest AHDB/BPEX forecasts for UK pig meat supplies point to an increase in availability in the coming months. With the breeding herd thought to have stabilised and productivity continuing to improve, growth of 3% in slaughterings is forecast for both the rest of this year and for 2015. Imported pig meat is also likely to remain more plentiful and a further increase in exports will be insufficient to make a big dent in the level of supplies on the domestic market.

More African Swine Fever cases in the EU

22 July 2014

Over the last week, several new cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, including one on a large pig farm in Lithuania. The past week has also seen reports emerge of ASF being found in meat products from a major Russian processor. The WTO has established a panel to review the dispute between the EU and Russia over the latter’s restrictions on imports of pork, imposed following the initial ASF outbreak.

EU holds a large share of Chinese imports

21 July 2014

The Chinese pork import market strengthened in the first half of the year, with volumes up by 9% on the year earlier. Offal imports, on the other hand, weakened by 3% in the first half of the year.

UK June slaughterings well up

21 July 2014

At, 771,700 head, UK clean pig slaughterings in June increased by 4% compared with the same month in 2013. This brought the total UK kill for the first half of the year to almost 5 million head, up 1% from same period in 2013.

UK pig prices - week ended 19 July 2014

19 July 2014

At 161.68p per kg, the EU-spec DAPP fell to the lowest point since April 2013 for the week ended 19 July.

EU pork exports return to growth

18 July 2014

At, 132,800 tonnes, EU pork exports in May were marginally higher compared with 2013. Similarly, pig offal exports rose marginally in May, to 90,000 tonnes.

Falling prices in the EU

18 July 2014

The recent upturn in EU finished pig prices, which started in early May, has reversed in the last couple of weeks. EU pig prices fell from €175.36 per 100kg in week ended 6 July, the highest point of the year so far, to €168.43 per 100 kg in the latest week. The swift backward step resulted from the start of summer holidays hitting demand in Northern Europe.

Feed market update - 17 July 2014

17 July 2014

In the UK the downward price trend for feed wheat has continued throughout the past week and global oilseed prices remain in their downward trend with strong supply forecasts for 2014 acting as the focus.

Global growth in meat production to slow down

16 July 2014

According to the global outlook just published by FAO and OECD, world meat production is expected to show a smaller rate of growth of 1.6% per annum in the 2014 to 2023 period compared with the previous 10 years.

PEDv hitting Japanese pig producers hard

16 July 2014

According to latest information from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, the number of PEDv cases in the country since the first outbreak in October has reached more than 800.

Brazilian export prices rising fast

15 July 2014

In the first half of 2014, Brazil exported just over 200,000 tonnes of pork, almost the same as a year earlier. However, the shortage of pork on several key markets meant that prices rose rapidly.

EU meat production set to recover

10 July 2014

In its latest short-term outlook for crops, meat and dairy markets, the EU Commission forecasts that meat production will start to recover in 2014 and 2015.

Pork retail prices lower than a year ago

09 July 2014

June AHDB/BPEX calculations for the spread between farmgate and retail prices indicate a 1% increase in the producer share from the previous month, to 42%.

Feed market update - 9 July 2014

09 July 2014

Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.

PEDv drives global meat prices higher

08 July 2014

Latest figures from the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) show that global meat prices reached record levels in June.

UK pig prices - week ended 5 July 2014

05 July 2014

The EU-spec DAPP fell back by a penny for week ended 5 July, leaving it at 162.87p per kg, its lowest level since March.

EU weaner prices falling but higher than 2013

04 July 2014

EU weaner prices in 2014 have generally remained above last year’s level and have broadly followed the normal seasonal pattern.

US pig numbers affected by PEDv

03 July 2014

According to the latest figures published by the USDA, the US pig population stood at 62.1 million head on 1 June.

EU pig prices on an upward trend

02 July 2014

During the four weeks to 22 June, EU pig prices increased, reaching the highest point for the year so far. Prices across all the key Member States rose during the last four weeks, with increases ranging from around €5-10 per 100kg.

First EU case of ASF in domestic pigs found

02 July 2014

Last week it was announced that Latvia had become the third EU country to confirm cases of African Swine Fever

Small increase in German breeding pigs

02 July 2014

Latest data from the German Federal Statistical Office show a 1% increase in breeding pig numbers in the year to May 2014, to 2.1 million head.

Higher imports to Italy

02 July 2014

Pork imports in Italy, the EU’s largest net importer, between January and March strengthened by 6% compared with a year earlier. Similarly, pork exports were up 10% .

Feed market update - 2 July 2014

02 July 2014

Nov-14 UK feed wheat futures prices closed at £134.50/t, a contract low, on Tuesday, down £3.10 on Friday’s close and £4 on the start of last week.

Croatian pork production hit since EU accession

02 July 2014

This Tuesday marked the first anniversary of Croatia becoming the 28th Member State of the EU. Since then, Croatian pig meat production has fallen significantly.

New standard pig price launched

01 July 2014

Details of the newly launched GB Standard pig price and commentary on pig and weaner price for the week ended 28 June.

First quarter figures show higher Dutch exports

25 June 2014

Dutch pork exports in the first quarter of this year rose by 4% on a year earlier. In contrast, live pig exports came down by 4% in the first quarter of this year, compared with a year earlier, at 2.4 million head.

Little change in number of English pig farms

25 June 2014

New Defra figures show that the number of English farm holdings keeping pigs was little changed in the year to June 2013. Separate figures show a further fall in the number of organic pigs, which are now at their lowest level since 2005.

Feed market update - 25 June 2014

25 June 2014

Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.

Polish exports lower but imports higher

21 June 2014

Despite the imposition of trade restrictions by a number of countries following the discovery of two ASF cases in the country, Polish exports were only down 6% in the first quarter of 2014. During the quarter, Poland imported 4% more pork compared with the same period in 2013.

UK pig prices - week ended 21 June 2014

21 June 2014

The EU-spec DAPP for the week ended 21 June fell for the second consecutive week to 163.71p per kg, only slightly lower than a week earlier.

Have changing promotions altered meat purchases?

20 June 2014

Shopper purchases of fresh red meat have declined over the last few years. Promotions have become increasingly important and nearly half of fresh pork is now sold on some form of deal.

Impact of PEDv spreading beyond the US

18 June 2014

Since last year, a new strain of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDv) has been creating havoc in the US pig industry. 

May slaughterings higher

12 June 2014

May clean pig slaughterings in the UK totalled 751,300 head. This was nearly 3% higher than in the same month last year, the biggest annual increase since December 2012.

Mixed fortunes for pork’s competitors

10 June 2014

While pig meat consumption has held up relatively well during the economic slowdown, latest data show a 2% decline in pork purchases in the last year.

June Pig Market Trends out now

02 June 2014

The June edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday.

Poultry meat on the rise

31 May 2014

Chicken is a key competitor for pork on UK and global markets and it has shown strong long-term growth, as poultry meat provides a cheap and versatile alternative to other meats.

Impact of rising consumer confidence on UK meat demand

31 May 2014

Consumer confidence has shown impressive growth over the last few months, which could be the beginning of shoppers spending more. However, the grocery shopping habits developed during the recession are now ingrained and as a result are likely to be slow to change. Read an assessment of what this could mean for the retail market for pork.

Pig and Poultry Pocketbook out now

31 May 2014

The 2014 edition of the Pig and Poultry Pocketbook was launched at last week’s Pig and Poultry Fair. Also published at the Fair was the BPEX Yearbook for 2013-2014.

Danish pig numbers up in April

31 May 2014

According to the April census results published by Statistics Denmark, total pig numbers increased to 12.3 million head. This was 2% higher compared with the second quarter of 2013. The breeding herd remained almost unchanged, with a marginal fall in the total number of breeding pigs.

Asian countries dominating the EU export market

31 May 2014

At, 116,600 tonnes, latest trade figures for the EU indicate a 6% year-on-year decline in pork exports in March, a considerable improvement from the 19% decline in the previous month.

Contrasting developments in exports from the US and Canada

31 May 2014

For the United States, in spite of the PEDv outbreak contributing to a 3% decline in slaughterings, pork exports increased by 14% in the first quarter of this year compared with a year earlier. In contrast, Canadian pork exports declined by 2%.

Higher Japanese imports driven by EU supplies

31 May 2014

According to the latest figures, Japanese imports strengthened in the first quarter of this year, up by 4% on last year. The majority of the growth in pork imports stemmed from higher EU shipments.

MI at the Pig & Poultry Fair

31 May 2014

AHDB/BPEX Market Intelligence will be at the British Pig and Poultry Fair 2014, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park next week. At the Fair, we will also be launching this year’s edition of the Pig and Poultry Pocketbook. Copies will be available from the BPEX stand from anyone who wants one.

Competitive pricing fails to boost pork sales

30 May 2014

Shoppers’ spending on pork was down 5% year on year during February-April, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel data.

Highest UK pork exports in 15 years

30 May 2014

Latest trade figures showed that UK pork exports in March were at their highest level since October 1998. In addition, exports to China/Hong Kong topped 5,000 tonnes for the first time ever (with shipments to China at a record 3,300 tonnes).

Pig feed production up

30 May 2014

According to latest figure from Defra, GB production of compound pig feed in the first quarter of 2014 was 3% higher than a year before.

French export growth slowed in the first quarter

30 May 2014

In the first quarter of this year, French pork exports totalled 118,600 tonnes, almost 1% up on the previous year. French imports, on the other hand, declined by 2% compared with the same period in 2013.

Producer share of retail pork price continues to fall

30 May 2014

According to the latest figures collected by AHDB/BPEX, in April, producers received an average 40% of the total retail pork price.

Rabobank forecasts ‘Not enough pork to go around’

30 May 2014

In its latest Pork Quarterly report, Rabobank forecasts that pork shortages will be a concern in many countries in the coming months.

Feed market update - 28 May 2014

28 May 2014

Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed. 

May Pig Market Trends out now

27 May 2014

The May edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday 27 May.

EU trade with Ukraine set to increase?

26 May 2014

Two recent announcements suggest that trade in pork between the EU and Ukraine is likely to increase in the coming months.

German trade weakens in the first quarter

24 May 2014

The EU’s largest pig meat producer, Germany, recorded a year-on-year decline of 8% in pork exports between January and March this year.

UK pig prices - week ended 24 May 2014

24 May 2014

The EU spec DAPP for the week ended 24 May was almost unchanged at 164.29p per kg compared with the previous week.

Market impact of PEDv spreading

22 May 2014

Latest figures from the US show that the number of new cases of PEDv has begun to slow. As well as the US, where the impact has so far been greatest, PEDv has also been reported in several other countries.

UK slaughterings down but production up

22 May 2014

Latest figures published by Defra recorded a 1% decline in UK clean pig slaughterings in April, to 937,200 head. However, with heavier carcase weights, total pig meat production in April increased 1% on the year to 79,000 tonnes.

Threat of El Niño Developing in 2014

22 May 2014

El Niño is a weather phenomenon, which occurs roughly every 2 to 7 years. Many forecasters are suggesting that an El Niño is increasingly likely to develop during 2014.

German market stabilising after tough times

21 May 2014

Germany sits at the centre of the EU pig market; it is the largest producer, exporter and consumer of pig meat. This makes it the market to watch for the industry across the EU.

Feed market update - 21 May 2014

21 May 2014

Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.

Global pork supplies tightening

20 May 2014

According to recent forecasts, pork supplies are likely to be tight in many parts of the world this year.

EU pig prices strengthening

20 May 2014

In April, EU pig prices recovered from the sharp ASF-related declines in February and early March. Provisional figures showed that the EU pig price averaged around €163.50 per 100kg in April, up around €8 from the previous month.

Russian imports fall due to ban on EU pork

20 May 2014

Russian pork imports in the first quarter of this year were 22% down on a year earlier at 85,000 tonnes. This follows Russia’s blocking of imports of pork from the EU in early February, after the African Swine Fever cases in Lithuania and Poland.

UK pig prices - week ended 17 May 2014

17 May 2014

The EU-spec DAPP for the week ended 17 May rose marginally to 161.23p per kg.

Feed market update - 14 May 2014

14 May 2014

Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.

UK pig prices - week ended 10 May 2014

10 May 2014

The EU-spec DAPP edged up to 164.01p per kg for the week ended 10 May, up 0.11p on the week before.

Feed market update - 7 May 2014

07 May 2014

Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.

UK pig prices - week ended 3 May 2014

03 May 2014

The EU-spec DAPP edged up in the latest week, ended 3 May, to 163.90p per kg.