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Dutch pork exports to non-EU destinations increase

30 December 2015

Dutch pork exports from January to September increased by 8% to 638,700 tonnes, compared to the same period in 2014.

Feed market update - 23 December 2015

23 December 2015

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

UK pig prices - week ended 19 December 2015

23 December 2015

In the week ended 19 December, the EU-Spec SPP fell by 0.93p to 124.23p/kg.

January UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

23 December 2015

The latest edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

The changing seasonality of pig prices

21 December 2015

The seasonality of GB pig prices has started to diverge away from the usual trend.

Record EU pork exports in October

18 December 2015

As has been the case in most recent months, the Chinese market dominated EU pork exports in October, taking them to a record level.

UK herd figure revised marginally higher

17 December 2015

The latest revision to the DEFRA June Survey had very little impact on the provisional data which was released earlier this year.

UK production growth slows in November

17 December 2015

UK pig meat production during November was only 1% higher than a year earlier, at 75,300 tonnes, according to latest figures from Defra.

UK PIG PRICES - WEEK ENDED 12 DECEMBER 2015

16 December 2015

In the week ended 12 December, the EU-Spec SPP fell by 0.45p to 125.16p/kg compared to the previous week while slaughterings increased.

FEED MARKET UPDATE - 16 DECEMBER 2015

16 December 2015

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

Producer share of retail price steady in November

15 December 2015

Farmgate prices fell once again in November, to the lowest level this year, leading to the share of retail price received by producers staying at 34%, despite lower retail prices.

Russian imports run lower than 2014

15 December 2015

In the first nine months of the year, Russian pork imports amounted to 212,000 tonnes, down by 22% year on year.

UK pork imports up again in October

14 December 2015

For the third time in four months, UK pork imports rose strongly, compared with a year earlier, in October.

EU prices hit new lows

14 December 2015

Since its most recent peak in late September, the EU average pig price has fallen for 11 consecutive weeks, losing over €22 per 100kg during that time. The latest quote, for week ended 6 December, was €126.35 per 100kg, the lowest level recorded since April 2005. In sterling terms, the average price has now dropped below 90p/kg.

EU pig meat production down in September

14 December 2015

For the first time this year, EU pig meat production was lower than a year earlier in September, albeit only marginally.

UK PIG PRICES - WEEK ENDED 05 DECEMBER 2015

09 December 2015

In the week ended 5 December, the EU-spec SPP averaged 125.61p/kg, recording a fall of 0.39p compared to the previous week with demand remaining under pressure.

FEED MARKET UPDATE - 09 DECEMBER 2015

09 December 2015

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

Further growth in Irish pork exports

09 December 2015

In the first nine months of 2015, Ireland exported 121,600 tonnes of pork, 9% more than the same period in 2014.

Global pork prices remain at low levels

09 December 2015

Global pork export prices have been under continued pressure throughout 2015.

Physical performance improvements stall

09 December 2015

As reported recently, the estimated cost of pig production in the third quarter of 2015 was little changed from the previous three months. Although prices for feed and other inputs play a big part in determining production costs, physical performance also contributes.

EU weaner prices remain at low levels

07 December 2015

The average EU weaner price for the week ended 29 November stood at €33.14 per head. Prices this year have followed the trend which occurred in 2014, peaking during April and dropping off throughout the second half of the year.

Slow growth forecast for EU pig meat

07 December 2015

EU pig meat production is expected to grow only slowly over the next decade, according to the EU Commission’s newly published Medium-term Outlook report.

January start confirmed for EU Private Storage Aid

07 December 2015

On Wednesday 2 December, EU Member States approved plans to open Private Storage Aid (PSA) for pig meat from Monday 4 January 2016.

Both fresh pork and bacon sales under pressure

02 December 2015

Over the 12 week period ending 8 November 2015 the volume of pork retail sales continued to fall with 560,000 fewer shoppers buying than a year earlier according to Kantar Worldpanel.

UK PIG PRICES - WEEK ENDED 29 NOVEMBER 2015

02 December 2015

The EU-spec SPP fell once again in the week ended 28 November by 0.28p to 126.00p/kg in comparison to the previous week.

FEED MARKET UPDATE - 02 DECEMBER 2015

02 December 2015

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

Further rise in Spanish pork exports

02 December 2015

Spanish pork exports in the first nine months of 2015 increased by 17% year on year, totalling 890,800 tonnes setting yet another record.

German pork trade recording diverging trends

30 November 2015

There was an overall increase in German pork exports for January to September 2015, with volumes ahead by 1%, compared with a year earlier, at 1.3 million tonnes.

Production costs and prices steady in third quarter

30 November 2015

The cost of pig production in the third quarter of 2015 was little changed from the previous three months, according to latest estimates from AHDB Pork.

December UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

27 November 2015

The latest edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

Northern Irish herd growth revised up

26 November 2015

Final figures from the June Agricultural Census in Northern Ireland show that the pig herd grew faster than was previously thought.

Feed market update - 25 November 2015

25 November 2015

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

UK pig prices - week ended 21 November 2015

25 November 2015

In the week ended 21 November, the EU-spec SPP fell by 0.19p, compared to a week earlier, to 126.28p/kg.

Outlook Conference date confirmed

25 November 2015

The AHDB Outlook Conference 2016 will take place on Tuesday 9 February, at One Great George Street in London.

Pig farm structures still vary across EU

23 November 2015

There are still considerable differences between the structures of pig farms in the Member States of the European Union, according to recently published figures from the 2013 Farm Structure Survey.

Chinese demand presents opportunity for UK exports

23 November 2015

For the year ending September 2015, UK pig meat exports appear to have been more stable in comparison to previous years, when steady growth has been recorded. However, this overall stability hides some important changes.

Fall in Welsh pig numbers

20 November 2015

Total pig numbers in Wales recorded a fall of 11%, according to new figures from the June Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture.

EU production growth continues in August

20 November 2015

EU pig meat production increased by 2% in August, a similar growth rate to that recorded in July but slower than in the first half of the year.

China continues to drive EU export growth

19 November 2015

EU pork exports reached the second highest level on record in September, thanks to the continuing surge in shipments to China.

UK pigs in plentiful supply during October

19 November 2015

After a much smaller increase in September, UK clean pig slaughterings were up over 5%, compared with a year before, in October.

UK pig prices - week ended 14 November 2015

18 November 2015

The EU-spec SPP increased slightly by 0.22p, compared to a week earlier, to 126.47p/kg in the week ended 14 November.

FEED MARKET UPDATE - 18 NOVEMBER 2015

18 November 2015

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

Retail pork sales still struggling

18 November 2015

Over the 12 week period ending 11 October 2015, retail pork purchases were down across all cuts except mince and other (mainly marinades), according to Kantar Worldpanel.

Producer share of retail pork price at 11-year low

17 November 2015

Farmgate pig prices fell for the third consecutive month in October, leading to the share of retail prices received by producers declining to 34%. This was the lowest share recorded since November 2004.

Contrasting trends in Japanese and Korean pig industries

17 November 2015

During the last year, contrasting trends have been apparent in Japan and Korea, with pork imports and consumption moving in different directions. The somewhat subdued economy in Japan has hindered growth within its pork industry, unlike Korea, where demand and imports continue to grow. 

EU prices fall to 9-month low

16 November 2015

EU pig prices have started falling again since late September and by week ended 8 November had fallen for seven consecutive weeks, losing €12 per 100kg during that period.

France suffers a decline in pork trade

13 November 2015

In the first nine months of 2015, French pork exports declined by 23,100 tonnes (7%) year on year, totalling 319,000 tonnes.

Carcase balance limiting UK pig meat’s market share

13 November 2015

Read our latest analysis of the impact of variations in UK consumers' demand for products from different parts of a pig

AHDB Autumn and Winter Activity review

12 November 2015

We will be out and about this autumn and winter listening to your views on the priorities moving forward for AHDB as an organisation. How and where levy money is invested to best benefit your business is something we are keen to ensure we are getting right, particularly against a background of increasing challenges across our farming, horticulture and supply chain sectors.

UK pig prices - week ended 7 November 2015

11 November 2015

For week ended 7 November, the EU-Spec SPP fell by 0.86p to 126.25p/kg.

Feed market update - 11 November 2015

11 November 2015

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

UK pork imports fall back in September

10 November 2015

Following two months of strong growth, UK imports of pork decreased in September by 7%, compared with a year earlier, to 28,700 tonnes, according to the latest figures from HMRC.

Domestic demand driving EU recovery

10 November 2015

Despite a less supportive external environment, with a slowdown in growth in the emerging economies, the economic recovery in the euro area is continuing.

Small increase in Danish pig herd

09 November 2015

Total pig numbers in Denmark showed a marginal increase in the year ending 1 October, according to the latest census figures released by Statistics Denmark, being ahead by 49,000 head.

Exports fall from the US and Canada

06 November 2015

US pork exports for the first nine months of 2015 declined by less than 1% year on year to 1.1 million tonnes. Canadian pork exports recorded a larger fall of 4% year on year in the first nine months of 2015, to 620,000 tonnes. 

Potato industry event will be held on the 12-13 November

06 November 2015

The British Potato event takes place on 12-13 November in Harrogate.

New edition of MeatStats published

05 November 2015

MeatStats, AHDB'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 2015

Compound pig feed production rising again

05 November 2015

UK compound pig feed production in the third quarter of 2015 was 4% higher than in the same period last year, at 467,000 tonnes, according to latest figures released by Defra.

UK pig prices - week ended 31 October 2015

04 November 2015

In the week ended 31 October the EU-spec SPP increased for the first time since the end of August, by a small margin of 0.19p to 127.11p/kg.

Feed market update - 4 November 2015

04 November 2015

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

Continued pressure on US prices as slaughterings increase

04 November 2015

US pig slaughterings in the first nine months of 2015 were running 9% higher compared to the same time period in 2014, at 85 million head.

Pig farm incomes fell in 2014/15

03 November 2015

The average Farm Business Income (FBI) across all farm types in England was £39,700 in 2014/15, an 8% decrease year on year, according to the latest figures published by Defra. The FBI for specialist pig farms recorded a 24% decrease year on year from £65,200 to £49,400.

Slight recovery in EU sow market

02 November 2015

Having dropped to its lowest level since the dioxin crisis of January 2011 over the summer, the German sow price has since picked up.

Japanese pork imports fall once again

02 November 2015

The continued recovery from PEDv, coupled with high stock levels, resulted in a further decline of pork imported into Japan, with volumes for January to September down 6% at 581,300 tonnes.

Contrasting trends in Asian export markets

30 October 2015

So far this year, there have been contrasting trends in imports to the major pork markets in Asia. As reported last week, Chinese imports have been very strong in recent months. Strong growth has also been seen in shipments to South Korea. In contrast, pork purchases by the Philippines and Hong Kong have reduced.

November UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

30 October 2015

The latest edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

UK pig prices - week ended 24 October 2015

28 October 2015

For the week ended 24 October 2015, the EU-Spec SPP fell by less than a penny to 126.92p/kg.

Feed market update - 28 October 2015

28 October 2015

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

Small rise in Scottish pig herd

28 October 2015

The total number of pigs in Scotland recorded a 0.5% increase in the year to June, to 318,000 head, according to the latest figures published by the Scottish Government.

Strong third quarter for Chinese imports

27 October 2015

Pork imports into China have continued to increase throughout 2015, with volumes totalling 518,000 tonnes for January to September, ahead by 22% on the year.

UK market set to remain well supplied in 2016

27 October 2015

UK pig meat production is expected to rise in 2016 for a seventh consecutive year, according to the latest supply forecasts from AHDB Pork.

EU production growth slows in July

23 October 2015

EU pig meat production continued to show year-on-year growth in July but, at 2%, the increase was smaller than in the first half of the year.

China continues to bolster EU export trade

22 October 2015

For the third month in a row, EU pork exports were up on a year earlier in August, increasing by 10% to 142,000 tonnes.

UK pig prices - week ended 17 October 2015

21 October 2015

In week ended 17 October, the EU-spec SPP stayed the same week on week at 127.84p/kg.

Feed market update - 21 October 2015

21 October 2015

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

EU prices remain under pressure

21 October 2015

Having recently attempted to push above €150 per 100kg for the fourth time this year, the EU average pig reference price has again fallen back, as there was insufficient demand to justify the higher price at current levels of supply.

Global pork production forecast to grow slowly

20 October 2015

Global pig meat production is estimated to total 111.5 million tonnes in 2015, an increase of 1% compared to last year, according to the latest global outlook report published by the US Department of Agriculture. Looking ahead to 2016, output is forecast to increase once again, by a small margin to 112.0 million tonnes.

Brazilian exports surge in third quarter of 2015

19 October 2015

Brazilian pork exports recorded a sharp increase in the third quarter of 2015, with total exports for the year so far reaching 335,800 tonnes.

Pork marinades & shoulder are two bright spots for retail sales

16 October 2015

Over the last 12 week period, ending 13 September, pork sales were down across all cuts except shoulder and ‘other cuts’ (due mainly to marinades).

Growth in UK production slows in September

15 October 2015

UK pig meat production totalled 70,200 tonnes in September, a 1% increase compared to the same time a year earlier. This was the slowest growth rate recorded since the start of 2014.

UK breeding herd stable

15 October 2015

Provisional figures for the UK pig herd as at June 2015 show a 2% decline in total pig numbers, compared with a year earlier. In contrast, the sow herd was little changed from a year before, suggesting that the overall situation remains broadly stable.

Global focus for Grain Market Outlook conference

15 October 2015

This year’s AHDB Grain Market Outlook conference, which took place yesterday, emphasised the global nature of today’s agricultural markets. The four speakers all had much to say about global developments and how these impact on the UK markets for cereals and oilseeds.

UK pig prices - week ended 10 October 2015

14 October 2015

In the week ended 10 October, the EU-spec SPP price fell once again to 127.84p/kg. The decline of 1.49p is the largest week on week reduction which has been recorded since February this year.

Feed Market Update - 14 October 2015

14 October 2015

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

US exporters looking forward to Trans-Pacific Partnership

14 October 2015

More details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have emerged, including the new market opportunities that are expected to develop for the US pig meat industry.

Little sign of EU pig market recovery

13 October 2015

Growth in EU pig slaughterings is expected to continue until at least the middle of 2016, albeit at a slower rate than in the first half of 2015.

EU meat production growth set to slow

13 October 2015

Overall meat production growth in the EU is expected to slow in 2016, according to the EU Commission’s latest Short-term Outlook report.

Strong month for UK trade in August

13 October 2015

UK imports and exports of pig meat both increased in August, compared with a year earlier, according to latest figures from HMRC.

Producer share of retail price down slightly in September

12 October 2015

Falling farmgate prices throughout September led to the share of the retail price received by producers declining to 35%.

UK pig prices - week ended 3 October 2015

07 October 2015

The EU-spec SPP continued to fall in the week ended 3 October, with prices dropping to 129.22p/kg.

Changing consumption trends require innovation

07 October 2015

The reasons behind consumers’ shopping choices have changed as their lifestyles have altered. There has been a steady drive for convenience, linked to changing household structure and busier lives.

Feed Market Update - 7 October 2015

07 October 2015

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

New trade deal could affect global pork trade

07 October 2015

The new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, signed on Monday, could have an impact on the global pork trade.

Dutch pork exports remain strong

07 October 2015

Dutch pork exports continue to grow, with levels for the first six months of the year totalling 409,700 tonnes. This was a 6% increase on the previous year.

Belgian pork exports up marginally

02 October 2015

In the first half of 2015, Belgium exported 346,300 tonnes of pork, less than 1% up compared with the same period in 2014.

October UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

02 October 2015

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

Value of pork traded within EU falls

02 October 2015

Around 3% more pork was traded between EU Member States in the first half of this year, compared with a year earlier, according to figures from Eurostat.

Places still available at Grain Market Outlook

30 September 2015

With pig prices currently so low, developments in the feed market have never been more important for pig producers. The outlook for cereals and oilseeds markets will be presented at the AHDB Grain Market Outlook Conference on Wednesday 14 October at the Grange Tower Bridge in London.

UK pig prices - week ended 26 September 2015

30 September 2015

The EU-spec SPP fell for the fourth week running, by a third of a pence to 130.07p/kg, in week ended 26 September.

Feed market update - 30 September 2015

30 September 2015

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

Danish pork exports continue to grow

30 September 2015

Danish pork exports for the first six months of 2015 continued to show modest growth, with levels totalling 555,000 tonnes.

US pig herd recovery is complete

30 September 2015

As at 1 September, the US pig herd had increased to 68.4 million head, according to the latest Hogs and Pigs report published by USDA. This was 4% up on the same point in 2014 and 2% higher than the previous quarter and represented the largest herd since quarterly estimates began in 1988.

Spanish pig sector continues to grow

28 September 2015

Spain has long had one of the EU’s largest pig sectors and the latest census results show that its share of the EU herd is increasing

Balancing feed conversion and weight gain

28 September 2015

New analysis looks at the relationship between FCR and daily weight gains.

UK pig prices - week ended 19 September 2015

23 September 2015

High slaughter levels for the week ended 19 September contributed to the EU-spec SPP falling by 0.74 to 130.38p/kg. This is the lowest level recorded since the SPP series began in April 2014 and the last time the DAPP was this low was in June 2008.

Feed market update - 23 September 2015

23 September 2015

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

Fewer retailer promotions impact pork performance

23 September 2015

In the 12 weeks to 16 August 2015, the amount of pork purchased remained down on a year earlier, as shoppers continue to switch to categories such as fresh chicken and chilled ready meals, according to Kantar Wordpanel.

Contrasting trends in EU pig prices

22 September 2015

The EU average pig reference price as at week ended 13 September was up €5 compared with 4 weeks earlier, at €147 per 100kg.

EU exports remain higher in July

22 September 2015

EU pork exports in July were up by 7% following a large increase in shipments to China. This follows the trend seen for much of 2015.

Mixed trends in EU’s pig herds

21 September 2015

The EU pig breeding herd declined slightly in the year to June 2015, according to provisional figures from Eurostat.

Growth in UK production continues in August

17 September 2015

UK pig meat production totalled 68,400 tonnes in August, a 6% increase compared with a year earlier.

English pig herd declines in the first half of 2015

17 September 2015

The English pig herd decreased by 3% to 3.8 million head compared to a year earlier, according to the June Agricultural Survey figures published by Defra. 

UK pig prices - week ended 12 September

16 September 2015

Following disruption in the bank holiday week, slaughter numbers in the week ended 12 September recovered reaching the highest level since the beginning of July. There is no strong indications of a pick-up in demand in spite of the start of the new school year.

Feed market update - 16 September

16 September 2015

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

South Korean demand drives Chilean exports

16 September 2015

In the first half of 2015, Chilean pork exports totalled 64,000 tonnes, up 17% on a year earlier to a record level with South Korea driving much of this increase.

Measures to ease pressure on EU pig market announced

16 September 2015

Several reports have emerged in recent weeks about the problems facing not only the pig sector but agriculture in general. This cumulated in the introduction of a package of measures, worth €500 million, to support the farming sector by the European Commission on 7 September.

Sharpest falls in global food prices since 2008

16 September 2015

The latest food price index from the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO), covering August, fell 5.2% from July, the largest month on month fall since December 2008 and was down 21% from a year earlier.

Growth in Italian imports slows

15 September 2015

Italy’s pork imports increased 1% from a year earlier to 514,100 tonnes in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures published by Istat.

UK pork imports up in July while exports decline

11 September 2015

In July the UK imported 10% more pork year on year at 32,100 tonnes according to the latest HMRC trade data, reaching the highest level since December 2014. 

Marginal rise in producer share of pork

11 September 2015

The share of the retail price received by producers increased marginally in August reaching 35.5%, the highest point since February.

UK PIG PRICES - WEEK ENDED 5 September 2015

10 September 2015

The August bank holiday week experienced disappointing demand even though slaughterings edged back. 

Feed market update - 9 September 2015

09 September 2015

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

No change in GB breeder productivity

09 September 2015

The GB breeding herd performance overall stayed the same in the year to June 2015 compared to the year ended June 2014, according to the latest performance data from Agrosoft.

Global pork prices begin to rise but remain very weak

09 September 2015

Global pork prices reached a low in April before increasing in May and remaining stable in June, however prices remain well below levels seen in 2013 and 2014. The global market has been at its weakest for some years.  

EU weaner market weakened even further

09 September 2015

The average EU weaner price for the week ended 30 August stood at €32.39 per head, leaving prices far below the 2014 levels.

Canadian hog herd stable despite price volatility

04 September 2015

The Canadian hog industry remained stable over the year to July 2015, with the total number of pigs increasing by a small margin of 1% to 13.2 million, according to figures from Statistics Canada.

More EU pigs so far in 2015

04 September 2015

The number of pigs slaughtered across the EU in the first half of this year was up nearly 5 million head (4%) on a year before, based on latest figures from Eurostat.

UK pig prices - week ended 29 August 2015

02 September 2015

Supply and demand remain largely balanced, with the EU-spec SPP rising for the first time in four weeks to 132.43p/kg in week ended 29 August.

Feed market update - 2 September 2015

02 September 2015

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

Chinese economic concerns grow

02 September 2015

Concern about the state of the Chinese economy increased last week with Stock Markets around the world falling as a result.

Strong growth in Northern Ireland pig herd

02 September 2015

The pig herd in Northern Ireland in June 2015 increased by 7% compared to the same time in 2014, according to preliminary results of the June agricultural census from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Production costs at 5-year low

01 September 2015

Latest estimates from AHDB Pork show that total pig production costs in the second quarter of 2015 were at their lowest level for 5 years.

Quarterly Consumer Category Report out now

28 August 2015

The latest edition of AHDB Pork’s Consumer Category Report for pig meat was published today.

Spanish exports power ahead

28 August 2015

The long-term growth of Spanish pork exports continued in the first half of 2015, with shipments reaching a record 584,600 tonnes. This was 15% up on a year earlier and more than double the level recorded a decade ago.

Irish pork exports at a record level

27 August 2015

In the first half of 2015, Ireland exported 79,200 tonnes of pork, up 11% on 2014 to a record level. 

UK pig prices - week ended 22 August 2015

26 August 2015

With the summer holidays still limiting demand and supplies picking up slightly, the EU-spec SPP eased back by a third of a penny in week ended 22 August, to 132.22p/kg.

Feed market update - 26 August 2015

26 August 2015

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

September UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

26 August 2015

The September edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

Increased production alters German trade balance

25 August 2015

Higher pig meat production in Germany in the first half of 2015 meant that it had more pork available for export and required less imported pork.

EU pig price remains stable

24 August 2015

In common with the UK market, the EU average pig price has been relatively stable since the beginning of March.

Trends in the global pork trade

24 August 2015

2014 saw widespread disruption to the global pork market. This included Russia imposing sanctions on exports from many of the world’s largest exporters and a series of disease outbreaks around the world. But has the first half of 2015 been more “normal” for the global pork trade?

Pork retail sales continue to disappoint

20 August 2015

Despite a 4% drop in the average retail price, the amount of pork purchased was down by a similar amount in the 12 weeks to 19 July, resulting in expenditure being down 8% year-on-year, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

Strong UK production continues

20 August 2015

For the sixth month in a row, UK clean pig slaughterings rose by more than 3% in July.

UK pig prices - week ended 15 August 2015

19 August 2015

The GB SPP stayed virtually the same in week ended 15 August, with the EU–spec price standing at 132.57p/kg, a 0.01p fall on the previous week.

Feed market update - 19 August 2015

19 August 2015

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

What a difference a year makes

19 August 2015

Just over a year ago, US hog prices were at record levels; earlier this year they dropped to a 5½ year low. Although they have recovered somewhat since then, prices remain well below levels recorded in most recent years, never mind last year’s highs.

Fall in French pork exports

18 August 2015

In the first half of the year, French pork exports totalled 208,800 tonnes, down by 23,800 tonnes (10%) from the same period a year earlier.

Strong Chinese demand supports EU exports

18 August 2015

EU pork exports in June reached almost 139,000 tonnes, 21% higher than a year earlier and a record for the time of year.

Canadian pork exports fall

13 August 2015

In the first half of 2015, pork exports from Canada fell by just under 6% compared to a year earlier, totalling 415,100 tonnes.

Producer share of pork retail price down slightly in July

13 August 2015

In July, the share of the retail price received by producers remained just below 35%, which has been the level since April.

UK pig prices - week ended 8 August 2015

12 August 2015

For the third time in four weeks, the GB SPP eased slightly in week ended 8 August, with the EU-spec price standing at 132.58p/kg.

Feed market update - 12 August 2015

12 August 2015

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

More on how the exchange rate affects the GB pig market

12 August 2015

Read the second of two articles looking at how exchange rates influence the UK pig market.

More wheat and soya used in animal feed

12 August 2015

According to the latest figures from Defra, compound pig feed production for the second quarter of 2015 was 1% higher than a year earlier at 449,000 tonnes.

Small rise in UK imports in June

11 August 2015

Following a sharp fall in May, UK pork imports bounced back in June, reaching their highest level of the year at 30,800 tonnes.

Small fall in Danish sow herd

10 August 2015

The number of breeding sows in Denmark fell slightly in the year to 1 July 2015, according to new figures from Statistics Denmark.

US pork exports begin to recover

10 August 2015

In the first six months of 2015, US pork exports were down 5% on the same period last year. Despite the overall fall, volumes in the second quarter were up 6% year on year, having been down as much as 15% in the first quarter.

EU production remains strong in May

07 August 2015

In May, EU pig slaughterings dipped below year earlier levels for the first time since November. However, with one fewer working days in the month, the marginal fall still meant that average daily throughputs were 4% higher than in 2014. 

Feed market update - 5 August 2015

05 August 2015

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

UK pig prices - week ended 1 August 2015

05 August 2015

In the week ended 1 August, UK finished pig prices began falling, despite slaughterings also being lower compared to the previous week. The EU-spec SPP was almost a quarter of a penny down on the previous week at 133.01p/kg.

How does the exchange rate affect the GB pig price?

05 August 2015

Read the first of two articles analysing the impact of exchange rates on the UK pig market.

Book now for Grain Market Outlook

04 August 2015

Bookings are now open for AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds flagship annual Grain Market Outlook Conference.

Japanese pork imports fall

04 August 2015

Japanese imports of pork fell 4% in the first half of 2015 as the country continues to recover from the PEDv outbreak experienced in 2014. 

Chinese jitters create risk for pork exporters

03 August 2015

Over the last month, doubts about the state of the Chinese economy have increased, which could be a cause for cause for concern among global pork exporters. 

EU sow price fall slows

03 August 2015

While EU sow prices stabilised in the spring, from mid-June the downward trend, which has occurred since the summer of 2013, has resumed.

Greek economic situation affecting pig market

31 July 2015

Greece is not generally regarded as a major player in the EU pork market but its recent economic problems are still having an impact.

UK pig prices - week ended 25 July 2015

29 July 2015

UK finished pig prices began to rise again in the week ended 25 July, despite slaughterings increasing compared to the previous week.

Feed market update - 29 July 2015

29 July 2015

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

August UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

29 July 2015

The August edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

July Pig Market Trends out now

28 July 2015

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

Further supply growth likely to keep prices under pressure

28 July 2015

Latest AHDB forecasts for UK pig meat supplies show that the increase in domestic supplies which has been apparent over the last year is likely to continue.

Further increase in Korean Pork imports

27 July 2015

South Korea’s pork imports increased during the first six months of 2015 but are projected to ease back in the second half as domestic production recovers from outbreaks of PEDv and FMD over the last year or so.

No clear direction for EU prices

24 July 2015

During June and early July, the average EU pig price has continued to fluctuate but with no clear direction being established.

Strong performance for pork shoulder

24 July 2015

Pork sales remained down in both volume and value terms in the 12 weeks ending 21 June 2015, compared with the same period a year ago, according to Kantar Worldpanel data.

Chinese pork imports at record level in Q2

23 July 2015

Chinese pork imports showed an 8% increase in in the first half of 2015. Total pork volumes for the second quarter of 2015 were at record levels of 170,000 tonnes. 

UK pig prices - week ended 18 July 2015

22 July 2015

UK finished pig prices saw marginal falls in the week ended 18 July, following the increase seen in the previous week. The EU-spec SPP was down by less than a tenth of a penny on the previous week at 133.07p/kg, despite a fall in the estimated number of pigs slaughtered.

Feed market update - 22 July 2015

22 July 2015

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

Subdued retail sales suppress EU pig prices

21 July 2015

New analysis looks at consumption trends and retail sales in major EU markets.

Weak euro puts pressure on UK prices

21 July 2015

At the end of last week, the pound reached its strongest level against the euro for nearly eight years, with implications for UK pig prices.

EU exports down despite Chinese growth

17 July 2015

Pork exports from the EU in May 2015 were 14% lower than a year earlier, totalling 114,700 tonnes.

UK pork production continues to grow

16 July 2015

The strong growth of UK pig meat production continued in June, with output at 68,500 tonnes, up by 6% compared with a year earlier.

Brazilian exports fall in first half of 2015

16 July 2015

In the first half of 2015 Brazil exported less than 195,000 tonnes of pork, 4% lower than a year earlier.

Feed market update - 15 July 2015

15 July 2015

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

UK pig prices - week ended 11 July 2015

15 July 2015

UK finished pig prices resumed their increase in the week ended 11 July, following the slight fall seen in the previous week. The EU-spec SPP was up by over half a penny on the week at 133.16p/kg as supplies tightened slightly, while good weather of late has encouraged demand.

EU meat production growth set to slow down

14 July 2015

Meat production in the EU is forecast to increase by 2% this year but growth will slow down next year, according to the EU Commission’s latest short-term outlook.

Physical performance important to producer returns

14 July 2015

New analysis shows that differences in herd performance are having a big impact on returns to producers.

UK imports less pig meat in May

14 July 2015

UK imports of pork and bacon in May were lower than a year earlier for the second month in a row.

Retail share of producer price stable for fourth month

10 July 2015

The share of the retail price received by producers showed continued stability in June, at 35%.

Positive outlook for global meat market

09 July 2015

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has just published its Agricultural Outlook for 2015 to 2024.

UK pig prices - week ended 4 July 2015

08 July 2015

The UK finished pig price recorded a slight fall in the week ended 4 July, following six weeks of increasing prices. The EU-spec SPP was down by 0.15p on the week at 132.63p/kg as supplies increased slightly.

Feed market update - 8 July 2015

08 July 2015

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

Irish market growing despite challenging finances

08 July 2015

Read our latest analysis of developments in the Irish pig market.

EU production remains high in April

07 July 2015

Although not reaching the same heights as in March, EU pig meat production remained high in April. Output was around 4% up on the same month last year, at 1.89 million tonnes.

Polish trade continues to grow

07 July 2015

Polish imports and exports of pork both increased in early 2015, with live pig imports also rising further.

New publications shed light on the pig industry

06 July 2015

The AHDB Pork Yearbook and Pig & Poultry Pocketbook are both now available through the AHDB Pork website. Both provide a wide range of facts and figures about the pig industry.

German breeding herd declines

06 July 2015

Provisional figures from the May 2015 German pig census show a stable herd overall but a decline in the size of the breeding herd.

UK pig prices - week ended 27 June 2015

01 July 2015

In the week ended 27 June, finished pig prices continued to increase, as the EU-spec SPP was 0.4p higher than the previous week at 132.78p/kg.

Feed market update - 1 July 2015

01 July 2015

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

July UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

30 June 2015

The July edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

Signs of slowdown in the US

29 June 2015

The US pig herd recovers from PEDv and productivity hits a new record but farrowing intentions down as low prices bite.

Dutch exports focus on pork, not pigs

29 June 2015

Dutch pork exports were up 11% on the year in the first three months of 2015. However live pig exports fell by a half compared with a year earlier to 1.2 million head.

Pig prices – lessons from history

29 June 2015

What can historical trends tell us about the current level of pig prices?

Pork purchases still down despite strong shoulder sales

26 June 2015

In the 12 weeks ended 24 May, pork sales were still down year-on-year.

New edition of MeatStats published

25 June 2015

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 first quarter of 2015.

EU prices up but still low

25 June 2015

Having fallen during early May, EU pig prices began to recover later in the month and into early June.

UK pig prices - week ended 20 June 2015

24 June 2015

UK finished pig prices increased for the fourth week in a row, with the largest single gain in over a year.  In the week ended 20 June the EU-spec SPP was up by almost half a penny at 132.38p/kg, to the highest level since the end of March.  

Feed market update – 24 June 2015

24 June 2015

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

EU exports to the Philippines grow

24 June 2015

The Philippines continues to emerge as an important market for EU exports of pork and offal.

Smaller markets remain important to EU exports

23 June 2015

Read our latest analysis of EU exports to emerging markets.

Further decline in organic pig production

23 June 2015

New figures from Defra show a third consecutive annual decline in the number of organically farmed pigs in the UK in 2014.

Danish exports increase in early 2015

23 June 2015

In the first three months of 2015, Danish exports of pork increased by 6% year on year to 292,000 tonnes but the total value of exports fell by 5% to DKK4.3 billion (€580 million).

EU pork exports slip back in April

18 June 2015

Having been relatively strong in the first quarter of 2015, EU pork exports slipped back somewhat in April.

UK production growth continues in May

18 June 2015

Latest figures from Defra show that the strong growth in UK pig meat production continued in May, with output over 5% higher than a year earlier at 66,700 tonnes.

UK pig prices - week ended 13 June 2015

17 June 2015

UK finished pig prices increased by less than half a penny for the third consecutive week in the week ended 13 June. The EU-spec SPP was up by just under a third of a penny at 131.90p/kg as the supply and demand balance tipped slightly towards a tighter situation.

Global pork prices depressed

17 June 2015

Read our latest analysis of global pork prices.

Feed market update - 17 June 2015

17 June 2015

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

International meat prices fall as supplies grow

17 June 2015

The latest FAO food outlook shows meat prices falling as production grows and input costs fall.

Italian imports strong in early 2015

17 June 2015

The EU’s largest net importer of pork, Italy, bought 4% more in the first three months of this year than a year before.

Producer share of retail price remains stable

15 June 2015

In May, the share of the retail price received by producers remained level with the previous month at just below 35%, as both farmgate and retail prices were stable, each moving by less than 1%.

EU pig supplies plentiful in quarter 1

15 June 2015

The number of pigs slaughtered across the EU in the first three months of 2015 was almost 5% higher than a year earlier. At 64.7 million head, almost 3 million more pigs were killed than in the first quarter of 2014.

UK pig meat trade falls in April

11 June 2015

UK pork imports and exports both decreased by 7% in April 2015 compared with a year earlier.

UK pig prices - week ended 6 June 2015

10 June 2015

The UK finished pig price saw small scale increases for the second week in a row in the week ended 6 June. The EU-spec SPP was up by less than half a penny to 131.59p/kg as the market continues to be broadly balanced.

Feed market update - 10 June 2015

10 June 2015

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

Global food prices hit lowest level since 2009

10 June 2015

The latest food price index from the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO), covering May, fell 1.4% from April and was down 21% from a year earlier. This leaves the index at its lowest level since September 2009.

Producers back in the red

09 June 2015

Read further analysis of the latest production cost data, which show GB pig producers are back in the red.

Global pork prices falling

08 June 2015

Globally, pork prices were exceptionally high in 2014, at least outside the EU. This year, it looks like the opposite will be true.

Mexican pork trade increasing

08 June 2015

Mexico is one of the world’s leading importers of pork, ranking second to Japan among non-EU countries last year. It is also increasing its export sales, making it a more significant player in the global market.

EU weaner prices well below last year

08 June 2015

The average EU weaner price for the week ended 31 May stood at €41.09 per head, leaving prices well back on 2014 levels.

Feed market update - 3 June 2015

03 June 2015

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

UK pig prices - week ended 30 May 2015

03 June 2015

There were only minor fluctuations in the UK finished pig price once again in the week ended 30 May, as the EU-spec SPP increased by less than a tenth of a penny to 131.18p/kg.

Polish breeding herd falls

02 June 2015

According to provisional figures published by the Central Statistical Office, the Polish pig breeding herd on 1 March 2015 was 4% smaller than a year earlier.

Lamb legs gain in the run up to Easter

01 June 2015

In the run up to the Easter weekend, lamb and beef sales recorded growth in value and volume but this was offset by slight declines in chicken and significant reductions in pork sales.

EU pig prices fall in May

01 June 2015

In early May, the average price of pigs in the EU fell following increases seen in April but in the most recent week prices started to increase.

Bans and currency hit Russian imports

29 May 2015

During the first three months of 2015, Russia imported less than half as much pork as in the same period last year.

Falling pork sales from consumer switching

29 May 2015

Pork sales over the latest 12-week period, up to 26 April, suffered partly as a result of switching to other proteins, namely chicken and lamb, which have been heavily promoted by a number of retailers.

June UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

28 May 2015

The June edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

UK pig prices - week ended 23 May 2015

27 May 2015

The recent fluctuations in the UK finished pig market continued in week ended 23 May, with the EU-spec SPP falling slightly to 131.11p/kg.

Feed market update - 27 May 2015

27 May 2015

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

May Pig Market Trends out now

26 May 2015

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

German exports up, imports down

26 May 2015

German pork exports started 2015 strongly, with total volumes in the first three months up 7% on the year, while imports were down by 12%.

Producers back in the red

26 May 2015

Latest AHDB estimates of the full cost of pig production confirm that producers were, on average, losing money during the first quarter of 2015.

It’s not just pigs – cattle and sheep markets subdued too

26 May 2015

Read our latest update on the situation in pork's competitor cattle and sheep markets.

Increase in production supports Irish pig meat exports

22 May 2015

During the first quarter of 2015, Ireland exported 37,000 tonnes of pork. This was a 12% increase on 2014, bringing in €80.7 million.

Negative margins hit German producers

22 May 2015

Read our latest analysis of the situation on the German pig market.

UK pig supplies remain high

21 May 2015

Latest figures from Defra confirm that UK pig supplies remained high during April. Slaughterings were up over 3% compared with a year earlier, to 969,000 head.

Feed market update - 20 May 2015

20 May 2015

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

UK pig prices - week ended 16 May 2015

20 May 2015

The GB pig market remained well balanced in week ended 16 May, with the EU-spec SPP virtually unchanged at 131.44p/kg.

EU exports surge in March

20 May 2015

Pork exports from the EU during March were up 19% on a year earlier, at 139,000 tonnes.

EU production remains high in February

19 May 2015

EU pig slaughterings in February 2015 were 3% up on the same month last year.

The state of the UK poultry industry

18 May 2015

Read our analysis of some of the key information about the UK poultry industry in 2014.

Falling Chinese herd presents export opportunities

18 May 2015

Read our latest analysis of the situation on the Chinese market.

Producer share of retail price continues to fall

15 May 2015

During April, the farmgate pig price and retail pork prices diverged, with farmgate prices falling while retail prices increased.

EU sow market stabilises

15 May 2015

Having been on a downward trend since the summer of 2013, EU sow prices have shown some signs of stabilising since the start of this year.

Lower French exports in Q1 while imports grow

14 May 2015

In the first quarter of the year, French pork exports totalled 109,600 tonnes, 7% down on the level seen in 2014.

UK pig prices - week ended 9 May

13 May 2015

Falling pig prices returned in the week ended 9 May, with the EU-spec SPP down by 0.45p to 131.40p/kg, the lowest level so far in 2015.

Pig and Poultry Pocketbook 2015 out now

13 May 2015

The 2015 edition of the AHDB Pig and Poultry Pocketbook was launched at today’s BPEX Innovation Conference.

Feed market update - 13 May 2015

13 May 2015

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

Danish pig numbers up in April

13 May 2015

According to the April census results published by Statistics Denmark, total pig numbers increased to 12.5 million head.

Mixed picture on UK imports in March

12 May 2015

UK pork imports in March 2015 increased 3% compared to March 2014 but bacon and sausage imports were lower.

More wheat and soyameal used in compound feed

12 May 2015

According to latest figures from Defra, compound pig feed production during the first three months of 2015 was 1% lower than a year earlier at 439,000 tonnes.

EU economic recovery set to continue

11 May 2015

The EU Commission’s latest economic forecast includes an upwards revision for 2015 to a rise in real GDP of 1.8%, increasing to 2.1% for 2016 across the EU.

Exports from both the US and Canada fall

11 May 2015

In the first quarter of 2015, pork exports from the US fell by 15% compared to a year earlier, while Canada shipped 3% less.

Wide dispersion in profitability of pig production

06 May 2015

There was a wide variation in the economic performance of pig producers in England in 2013/2014.

UK pig prices - week ended 2 May 2015

06 May 2015

Last week the SPP increased after the fall seen in the previous week.

Sharp recovery in US production

06 May 2015

US production as expected showed a sharp rebound in the first quarter of 2015 as the industry continues to recover following the disease affected year of 2014.

EU pig prices increase

06 May 2015

The average price of pigs in the EU has been increasing since the end of March, continuing the general trend seen in 2015.

Feed market update - 6 May 2015

06 May 2015

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

South Korean pork imports increase sharply

01 May 2015

In the first quarter of 2015, imports of pork to South Korea increased by nearly a third compared to 2014.

PEDV recovery leads Japanese pork imports to fall

01 May 2015

The latest figures show that Japanese pork imports in the first three months of 2015 fell by 7% compared to a year earlier, to 173,400 tonnes.

May UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

30 April 2015

The May edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

UK pig prices - week ended 25 April 2015

29 April 2015

After the first increase of the year last week, the SPP resumed its fall this week.

Feed market update - 29 April 2015

29 April 2015

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

April Pig Market Trends out now

29 April 2015

The April edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Wednesday. 

Why is the gap between APP and SPP growing?

29 April 2015

The gap between the two main pig price series, the APP and SPP, has grown in the year since they were first introduced but why has this happened?

Supply growth to continue – more demand needed

28 April 2015

Latest AHDB forecasts for UK pig meat supplies show that the supply situation which has prevailed over the last year or so is set to continue. Domestic production is expected to increase further and little change is projected for the balance of trade.

Chinese pork imports grow in Q1

27 April 2015

The most up to date data from Chinese Customs shows a 6% increase in pork imports in the first three months of 2015.

Lower prices fail to support pork sales

24 April 2015

Pork sales did not show any recovery during March, as highlighted by a 12% decrease in sales value during the 12 weeks ended 29 March, according to latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

EU production up in January

24 April 2015

In January the number of pigs slaughtered in the EU saw a year on year increase, despite there being one fewer working day in the month than in 2014.

UK pig prices - week ended 18 April 2015

22 April 2015

Following falls in the price of the finished pigs throughout 2015, in the week ending 18 April the EU-spec GP SPP increased by 0.14p to 132.33p/kg.

Feed market update - 22 April 2015

22 April 2015

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

Brazilian exports start 2015 lower

21 April 2015

In the first three months of 2015, Brazil exported 18% less pork than in the same period last year.

EU trade increases in February

20 April 2015

In February, the EU exported 128,000 tonnes of pig meat, 29% higher than February 2014, the month immediately after the Russian ban on EU imports was imposed.

EU Private Storage Aid having limited impact

17 April 2015

The current Private Storage Aid (PSA) scheme for EU pig meat came into force on 9 March. So far, the scheme appears to have had little impact on the EU pig market. This contrasts with some previous PSA schemes, although these were implemented in somewhat different market conditions.

USDA revises 2015 forecasts downwards

17 April 2015

Latest USDA forecasts suggest that global pig meat production in 2015 is forecast to grow at a slower rate than previously projected, up less than 1% compared with the levels seen in 2014. Forecasts for pig meat exports have also been revised downwards, making 2015 the third consecutive year in which exports have fallen.

UK production growth continues in March

16 April 2015

Latest figures from Defra show that the growth in UK pig meat production continued in March.

UK pig prices - week ended 11 April 2015

15 April 2015

Following the relative stability seen in recent weeks the finished pig market returned to declines in the week ended 11 April, with the EU-spec GB SPP falling to 132.19p/kg.

Feed market update - 15 April 2015

15 April 2015

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

Chilean exports grow in second half of 2014

14 April 2015

Chilean pork exports in 2014 increased 1% compared with 2013, with much of the increase coming in the second half of the year.

Producer share of retail price falls again

13 April 2015

During March, both farmgate pig prices and retail pork prices fell. However, the former dropped more quickly than the latter, meaning that the share of the retail price received by producers fell slightly to 35%.

UK trade increases in February

13 April 2015

In February 2015, according to data from HMRC, the UK imported 7% more pork than the year before, while exports were up 10%.

EU share of Philippines market up in 2014

10 April 2015

In recent years, the Philippines has emerged as an increasingly important export market for pork and pig offal, with volumes more than doubling since 2009.

Global meat prices follow other food prices down

10 April 2015

The latest food price index from the UN FAO, covering March, fell for the fifth consecutive month, following the downward tend seen since April 2014. Global meat prices have been falling since September 2014.

UK pig prices - week ended 4 April 2015

08 April 2015

The broad stability in the finished pig market continued in week ended 4 April, with the EU-spec GB SPP again falling marginally, to stand at 132.42p/kg.

Feed market update - 8 April 2015

08 April 2015

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

Trade between EU countries increases in 2014

07 April 2015

Given slightly higher production and reduced exports to non-EU markets, there was an increase in the amount of pork traded between EU countries last year, albeit only by 2%.

Italian imports increase in 2014

07 April 2015

In 2014, Italy imported over 1 million tonnes of fresh and frozen pork, 8% more than in 2013, making it the world’s leading buyer of imported pork.

EU pig prices stabilise

07 April 2015

Following a recovery in the EU average pig reference price seen in February, prices have stabilised in March.

UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

02 April 2015

The April edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

Double digit decline in consumer spending on pork

02 April 2015

A 7% decline in average retail prices, coupled with a 4% fall in the amount of pork purchased, resulted in a sharp double digit decline in consumer spending for the latest 12 week period.

UK pig prices - week ended 28 March 2015

01 April 2015

The EU-spec GB SPP in the week ended 28 March averaged 132.57p per kg, a fall of 0.07p on the week.

Feed market update - 1 April 2015

01 April 2015

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

US pig herd largely recovered from PEDv

31 March 2015

Latest figures from USDA’s hogs and pigs inventory show that the country’s pig herd on 1 March was 7% larger than a year earlier, at 65.9 million head.

EU pig meat consumption stabilises as production rises

31 March 2015

Provisional AHDB/BPEX estimates, based on the balance of EU production and trade, show that supplies of pig meat available for consumption in the EU increased slightly in 2014.

March Pig Market Trends out now

31 March 2015

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

More tough times ahead for EU market

30 March 2015

Based on the December census results, new estimates from the EU Commission’s working group on pig meat forecasts suggest that the increased production will continue into the first half of 2015 but supplies may tighten later in the year.

The Future of Hard Discounters – Lessons from France and Germany

30 March 2015

Aldi and Lidl continue to increase market share as mainstream supermarkets contract - the question is how far can they go?

More Dutch pork exported in 2014 at lower prices

30 March 2015

After a poorer second half of the year, in 2014, the Netherlands exported 742,000 tonnes of fresh and frozen pork. This was 2% more than in 2013 but at a 3% lower value of €1.53 million.

Quarterly Consumer Category Report out now

27 March 2015

The latest edition of AHDB/BPEX’s quarterly Consumer Category Report for pig meat has recently been published.

UK pig prices - week ended 21 March 2015

25 March 2015

The EU-spec GB SPP in the week ended 21 March averaged 132.64p per kg, a fall of only 0.01p on the week.

Feed market update - 25 March 2015

25 March 2015

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

Danish focus on live exports expanded in 2014

25 March 2015

In 2014, Denmark exported 1% more pork but for a lower value than the year before, while live pig exports (mainly weaners) rose by 14%.

January EU exports down on the year

23 March 2015

In January 2015, at just shy of 124,000 tonnes, the EU-28 exported 5% less pork compared to the previous year, which was before the Russian ban was imposed, according to data from Eurostat.

UK trading slow at the start of 2015

23 March 2015

In January 2015, according to data from HMRC, both UK imports and exports of pork were lower than a year earlier.

Fewer UK sows but more pigs to finish

23 March 2015

Publication of UK figures from the December 2014 Livestock Survey confirms that the pig herd is expanding, with an overall increase of 3% on the year.

February UK kill continues ahead of last year

23 March 2015

Latest Defra data suggest that in February, clean pig slaughtering in the UK was 815,800 head, 4% up on February 2014.

Falling US pig meat consumption

18 March 2015

The United States is the second largest pig meat market after China and per capita consumption has fallen back by 8% since 2009. 

Small increase in EU pig kill in 2014

18 March 2015

Complete 2014 data for EU pig slaughterings and pig meat production from Eurostat confirm industry reports from across the continent, that supply was plentiful throughout the year courtesy of improving physical performance and favourable feed costs. 

Mixed picture for EU pig meat consumption

18 March 2015

Last year there were contrasting developments for household purchases of pig meat in the different major consuming countries. 

Feed market update

18 March 2015

UK feed wheat had a bullish week with futures prices bouncing back above the £120/t mark.

Canadian herd recovered from PEDv

13 March 2015

A 2% increase in the total number of pigs has been reported in the latest Statistics Canada livestock estimate, for January 2015, compared to a year previously.

EU meat production expected to increase

13 March 2015

The latest EU Commission short-term outlook report alludes to a positive marketplace for livestock sectors, with production set to grow for all meats in 2015.

Falling farmgate prices reduce producer share of retail price

13 March 2015

The producer’s share of the final retail price of pork in February was 36% according to BPEX/AHDB estimates.

Feed market update - 11 March 2015

11 March 2015

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

UK pig prices - week ended 7 March 2015

11 March 2015

The week ending 7 March recorded another reduction in the EU spec GB SPP, of 0.48p on the week to 132.73p per kg.

Pork scratching about for retail sales

10 March 2015

Pork sales for the 12-week period to 1 February recorded the largest drop in consumer expenditure of all meats, according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

EU pig prices start to recover

10 March 2015

Throughout February the EU average pig reference price showed some significant upwards movement.

Global prices back to normal

09 March 2015

Having risen to record levels through the middle of 2014, global pork prices had returned to more normal levels by the end of the year.

Better GB breeding herd productivity in 2014

06 March 2015

In 2014, improvements in many aspects of the physical performance of the GB breeding herd helped to increase the overall productivity of sows.

English pig herd grew in 2014

05 March 2015

Latest figures from Defra show that the English pig herd increased by 2% in the year to December 2014.

Expanding herd supports strong Irish exports in 2014

05 March 2015

During 2014, Ireland exported 148,000 tonnes of fresh and frozen pork. This was a 12% increase on 2013, bringing in €353.6million.

UK pig prices - week ended 28 February 2015

04 March 2015

At 133.21p per kg, the EU spec GB SPP for the week ended 28 February was down 0.74p on the week.

Feed Market Update - 4 March 2015

04 March 2015

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

Uplift for EU weaner prices

02 March 2015

EU weaner prices have begun to recover seasonally, boosted by firming finished pig prices, but are still well below year earlier levels.

Small increase in EU pig herd

02 March 2015

26 of the 28 EU Member States have now reported their December 2014 census data to the European Commission, identifying a 1% increase in the total pig herd, compared with December 2013.

Producer margins shrinking but still positive in Q4

27 February 2015

The average GB cost of pig production in the final quarter of 2014, as estimated by AHDB/BPEX, was just over 142p/kg (£116 per head).

Spanish exports strengthen in the East in 2014

27 February 2015

The last quarter of 2014 continued the trend of increasing Spanish exports, bringing fresh and frozen pork shipments for the whole year up almost 7% to 1.05 million tonnes.

Northern Ireland herd size boosted in 2014

27 February 2015

December’s census by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland has reported a 9% increase in the pig herd size in 2014, compared with 2013.

UK pig prices - week ended 21 February 2015

25 February 2015

In the week ending 21 February, the EU-spec GB SPP was 133.95p per kg, 1.11p less than the previous week.

UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

25 February 2015

The March edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

Feed Market Update - 25 February 2015

25 February 2015

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

EU Commission launches Private Storage Aid for pig meat

25 February 2015

On Tuesday, the EU Commission moved to introduce Private Storage Aid (PSA) for pig meat.

German trade stable in 2014

25 February 2015

After a strong export trade in 2013, German fresh and frozen pork exports did not sustain the same rate of growth and were up less than 1% on the year for 2014.

February Pig Market Trends out now

24 February 2015

The February edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published today. 

French exports down in 2014

24 February 2015

In 2014, France exported almost 6% less pork than it did in 2013, at 455,000 tonnes, despite production being fractionally up on the year.

Trade bans disrupt Russian pig sector

24 February 2015

Read our summary of latest developments in the Russian pig meat market.

EU production ahead of 2013 up to November

23 February 2015

Fewer pigs were slaughtered in November 2014 than a year earlier due to one fewer working days in the month but the underlying trend is still up.

Year starts with higher slaughterings

19 February 2015

NOTE: The text below replaces an earlier version of this story following discovery of an apparent error in the published data.

Feed market update - 18 February 2015

18 February 2015

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

UK pig prices - week ended 14 February 2015

18 February 2015

The EU-spec GB SPP in the week ending 14 February fell again, by 2.66p, to 135.06p per kg dw the largest weekly decline since the series was introduced in April last year.

Opportunities in focus at Outlook Conference

18 February 2015

Last week’s AHDB Outlook Conference highlighted some of the opportunities available to the UK meat industry.

High December trade but EU exports lower in 2014

18 February 2015

December trade figures from Eurostat indicate that EU-28 fresh and frozen pork exports were up on a year earlier at 130,500 tonnes.

US and Canada had less pork to export in 2014

13 February 2015

Both US and Canada exported less pork in 2014, as trade was disrupted by PEDv and the Russian bans, among other factors.

Producer share of retail price starts New Year at a low

13 February 2015

January saw a drop of one percentage point on the month in the share of the final retail price of pork received by the producer, to 37%.

Denmark reports increased breeding herd

13 February 2015

As at 1 January 2015, Statistics Denmark reported a 2% increase on the year of the country’s total number of pigs, to 12.7 million head.

UK pig prices - week ended 7 February 2015

11 February 2015

The EU-spec GB SPP in the week ending 7 February fell again and by a more marked amount than in the previous week to average 137.72p per kg.

Feed Market Update - 11 February 2015

11 February 2015

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

More of the same in 2015? - Outlook for UK pig meat supplies

11 February 2015

Latest AHDB/BPEX forecasts for UK pig meat supplies were launched at the AHDB Outlook Conference on Wednesday 11 February.

Falling prices in 2014 bring about increased trading

10 February 2015

Both UK imports and exports of pig meat increased in 2014, partly driven by lower prices.

Compound pig feed production up, prices down

10 February 2015

New figures show that compound pig feed prices in the final quarter of 2014 were at their lowest level since the third quarter of 2010, while production was the highest since 2001.

Have EU pig prices reached a turning point?

09 February 2015

EU pig prices continued to fall through most of January but in the last week of the month the average increased for the first time since the start of August.

Pork sales suffer over Christmas

06 February 2015

Following a successful Christmas the year before, sales of most pig meat categories were lower over the festive period.

Feed market update - 4 February 2015

04 February 2015

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

UK pig prices - week ended 31 January 2015

04 February 2015

The EU-spec GB SPP in the week ending 31 January was 139.06p per kg.

The far-reaching effects of low oil prices on agriculture

04 February 2015

The fall in nearby Brent crude oil futures to under $50/barrel, from over $115/barrel in mid-June, is likely to have far reaching effects on agriculture both in the UK and worldwide.

PEDv shaped 2014 for Japanese industry

03 February 2015

At the end of 2014, Japan further strengthened its position as the world’s largest pork importer as its own production was hugely disrupted by widespread outbreaks of PEDv.

EU cull sow prices fall below €1 per kg

03 February 2015

The beginning of 2015 has so far continued the downward trend of EU cull sow prices reported in the second half of 2014.

Pig farm business incomes slip in 2014/15

30 January 2015

According to latest forecasts from Defra, the average pig farm business income will be lower in 2014/15 than the year before but will still be higher than in the previous five years.

EU maintains two thirds share of Chinese imports

29 January 2015

Chinese pork imports decreased by 3% on the year in 2014, bucking the trend of the previous four years.

UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

29 January 2015

The February edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

Feed market update - 28 January 2015

28 January 2015

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

UK pig prices - week ended 24 January 2015

28 January 2015

For the week ended 24 January, the EU-spec GB SPP averaged 139.90p, a fall of 0.92p on the week, the fifteenth weekly drop in sixteen weeks.

Deflation, low growth and political uncertainty: trouble in the EU

28 January 2015

The pound has hit a seven year high against the euro in the last few days as a series of events influence currency markets. This could have implications for pig markets.

Russian imports hit by trade bans

27 January 2015

New Russian trade figures show that pork imports were down 40% last year due to restrictions affecting the EU, Canada and the US. Prices have risen dramatically as a result.

January Pig Market Trends out now

27 January 2015

The January edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday, including articles on 2014 in review, weaner prices, the US outlook and the Danish market.

South Korean imports up on the year

26 January 2015

South Korea imported 24% more pork in 2014 due to depressed domestic production and robust consumer demand.

More EU pigs killed in October

22 January 2015

EU pig slaughterings data for October from Eurostat indicate an increase on the year of 2%, to 22.7 million head.

Danish industry having to adapt to new challenges

22 January 2015

Read about the challenges facing the Danish pig industry.

UK pig prices - week ended 17 January 2015

21 January 2015

The EU-spec GB SPP for the week ended 17 January averaged 140.82p per kg. This is a slight fall of 0.88p on the week and the price has already dropped over 3p since Christmas. 

How do weaner prices respond to pig & feed prices?

21 January 2015

Read about our new analysis of the relationship between prices for weaners, finished pigs and feed.

Feed market update - 21 January 2015

21 January 2015

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

EU pork exports down in November

20 January 2015

Exports of pork from the EU were down on a year earlier in November 2014. As the impasse with Russia remains, Asian markets continue to be the key destination for EU pork.

US production set to boom in 2015

19 January 2015

Read our analysis of prospects for the US market in the coming year

EU pig prices still falling

19 January 2015

The close of the year did not bring good news for European pig producers and the New Year has brought no change, with prices averaging €131 per 100kg in the week ended 11 January, down €28 on this week last year.

High supplies continue in December

15 January 2015

Latest figures from Defra confirm that UK pigs were in plentiful supply during December.

UK pig prices - week ended 10 January 2015

14 January 2015

For the week ending 10 January, the EU-spec GB SPP was down 0.74p on the week to 141.70p per kg.

Feed market update - 14 January 2015

14 January 2015

Having come close to the £140/t mark on 7 January, UK feed wheat futures have since dropped to a 4-week low.

Falling prices fail to deliver sales uplift

13 January 2015

Despite a fall in average retail prices, the amount of pork bought in the latest 12-week period, ending 7 December, fell by 4% over the year.

Lower prices not pulling in imports

12 January 2015

Despite EU prices remaining well below those in the UK, imports of pig meat were again lower than a year earlier in November. UK pork exports during November were 16% down on the same month in 2013 due to some short-term disruptions.

Brazil continues to increase exports to Russia

12 January 2015

Total pork exports from Brazil were 21,250 tonnes (5%) lower in 2014 than 2013. However, the end of the year has seen no let-up in the momentum of Brazilian pork exports destined for Russia, as they fill the gap left by banned EU and Canadian product.

Producer price share lowest of year in December

09 January 2015

During December of last year, the producer share of the final retail price of pork remained at 38%, only slightly down on the previous month, according to AHDB/BPEX estimates. However, with farmgate prices falling slightly faster than retail prices, the two continued to diverge in December, with the highest percentage difference between them since early 2012.

A year to forget in 2014 – what about 2015?

09 January 2015

From a price point of view, 2014 will be a year to forget for pig producers. A combination of factors contributed to the price declines but things could have been worse.

Industry prospects in focus at AHDB Outlook 2015

08 January 2015

Prospects for the pig sector, along with the other major UK livestock sectors, will come under the spotlight at the 2015 AHDB Outlook Conference in Westminster on Wednesday February 11.

Feed market update - 7 January 2015

07 January 2015

Over the festive period, UK May-15 feed wheat futures peaked at £140.75/t on 24 December, although they fell back to close at £136 on 2 January.

UK pig prices - week ended 3 January 2015

07 January 2015

At the start of 2015, the EU-spec GB SPP averaged 142.44p per kg for the week ending 3 January, down 1.49p on the week.

UK pig prices - week ended 27 December 2014

05 January 2015

Over the Christmas week, ending 27 December, the EU-spec GB SPP increased marginally to 143.93p per kg, ending an eleven week downward trend to exceed prices of a fortnight earlier.

US pig herd recovery continues

02 January 2015

Latest figures from the US Department of Agriculture confirm that the recovery of the US pig industry from PEDv is well underway. The new figures support earlier forecasts of a significant rise in US pig meat production in 2015, which would mean more competition for the EU on export markets.