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January UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

22 December 2016

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

Feed Market Update - December 2016

22 December 2016

Read our commentary on latest developments in the global cereals and oilseed markets.

UK pig prices - week ended 17 December 2016

21 December 2016

The EU-spec SPP has seen a further rise in the week ended 17 December. However, the rise has been more modest than seen in previous weeks, increasing by just 0.16p/kg on the week to 151.82p/kg.

EU pork exports stagnate in October

21 December 2016

EU fresh/frozen pork exports showed only marginal year-on-year growth during October, increasing by just over half a percent to stand at a shade under 180,000 tonnes. Nonetheless, higher pig prices in 2016 translated into increased unit prices, resulting in the overall value of pork exports during October climbing 11% on the year to reach €457 million.

Volatility features on AHDB blog

20 December 2016

In the run up to Christmas, AHDB is publishing a series of blogs about the work of the AHDB Volatility Forum and its links to the EU’s Agricultural Markets Task Force.

Comparing APP and SPP

20 December 2016

As would be expected, of AHDB’s two weekly pig prices, the APP, which includes ‘premium pigs’ is higher than the SPP. However, the gap between the two has fluctuated.

EU pig prices rise in build up to Christmas

19 December 2016

The declines seen in the EU average pig price since September came to an end in the past four weeks, with prices rising by just over €4 to reach €155.12/100kg in the week ended 11 December.

UK pig herd confirmed up 3% in June

19 December 2016

As at the 1 June, the UK pig herd stood at 4.87 million head, up 3% on the year, according to the final results of Defra’s June Survey published last week.

Tight UK supplies continue

16 December 2016

UK clean pig slaughterings remained well below last year’s level in November, according to the latest figures from Defra.

UK pig prices - week ended 10 December 2016

14 December 2016

The EU-spec SPP continued to rise in the week ended 10 December, moving up by 0.27p on the week to reach 151.66p/kg.

UK exports bringing home the bacon, despite tight supplies

14 December 2016

The value of UK pork exports was up on the year yet again during October, climbing by 13% to reach £21.4 million.

Producers’ share of pork retail price reaches 28-month high

14 December 2016

The producer share of retail pork prices increased once again in November, by 1 percentage point on the month, to 40%.

New Inputs dashboard published

13 December 2016

AHDB has just published a new ‘Inputs dashboard’, which pulls together key information relating to input costs, including fertiliser, fuel, feed and hay/straw prices, as well as the imputed value of nutrients in organic material.

Some relief for pig meat sales but not for pork

13 December 2016

The amounts of bacon and sausages purchased from retailers in the 12 weeks to 6 November were higher than a year before but pork sales were still depressed. These were among the results of the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

China - the gift that keeps on giving?

13 December 2016

In the past 18 months, China has become an increasingly important destination for global pig meat exports.

Pork losing out in rise of international cuisines

09 December 2016

Global travel and population diversification has influenced the types of foods British consumers eat. It’s a long-term trend that continues to affect our industries. With more and more choice, consumers need inspiration to keep industry products relevant.

Cautious growth in EU production during September

09 December 2016

Latest figures from Eurostat suggest a modest 0.5% rise in EU pig slaughterings during September relative to the month last year, reaching 21.6 million head.

UK pig prices - week ended 3 December 2016

07 December 2016

A further rise of 0.65p was seen in the EU-spec SPP for week ended 3 December, which reached 151.39p/kg.

EU pork market set to become more reliant on exports

07 December 2016

EU pig meat production is expected to show only marginal growth in the coming decade, according to the latest EU Commission Medium-term Outlook report.

Danish pork sector feeling the effects of low prices

07 December 2016

As the UK’s leading supplier of imported pig meat, developments in Denmark are always of interest to the domestic industry. 

Spanish exports continue to grow in Q3

06 December 2016

For the first nine months of 2016, Spanish export volumes of fresh/frozen pork products were up 24% on the previous year, at 1.1 million tonnes. Growth was biased towards the second quarter, though shipments were still up 16% on the year during the July-September period.

The impact of Brexit on protected food names

06 December 2016

The latest in AHDB’s series of Horizon reports considers the impact that Brexit may have on the industry in terms of products of Geographical Indication (GI).

EU weaner prices hold firm during autumn

06 December 2016

Latest data from the EU Commission reports the EU average weaner price for week ended 27 November as €44.57/head. This is actually the highest figure for the year to date, a distinct contrast to previous years when prices have declined from a peak in April. As such, the price is substantially above both the equivalent 2015 and 2014 level, by around €11 and €8 respectively.

Global export prices pick up but volumes fall

02 December 2016

Average global pork prices continued to edge up in the third quarter of this year, based on analysis of export prices from the four major global exporters.

December UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

01 December 2016

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

UK pig prices - week ended 26 November 2016

30 November 2016

The EU-spec SPP rose yet again for week ended 26 November, climbing 0.58p to reach 150.74p/kg.

Irish export growth slows but UK shipments advance further

29 November 2016

Latest Irish fresh/frozen pork export figures show volumes for the first three quarters of 2016 were up 13% on the previous year, at 139.1 thousand tonnes.

Northern Ireland pig herd grows; Wales shows further decline

28 November 2016

Final results for the June Agricultural Census in Northern Ireland indicate that the pig herd showed slightly more growth than previously anticipated. In contrast, the small Welsh herd declined further.

Modest German export growth continues

28 November 2016

Total German fresh/frozen pork export volumes during the first nine months of the year were up 5% on 2015, at 1.37 million tonnes.

Feed market update - November 2016

28 November 2016

Read our latest summary of developments in the animal feed market.

Comparing UK pig prices with competitors’ prices

25 November 2016

Last month, we published analysis looking at how GB pig prices compare with the EU average price. However, in reality British pork is mainly competing with product from a smaller number of countries; three-quarters of UK imports come from just four, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland. So how do GB prices compare with these four countries? 

Will weak pound make GB pig production competitive?

25 November 2016

Despite a 6% decline on the year-earlier figure, GB production costs were the second highest of all member countries in 2015, according to the latest pig production costs report from InterPIG.

GB production costs remain above competitors

23 November 2016

Average pig production costs in Great Britain fell by 6% in 2015, to £1.33/kg, but even bigger falls in other EU countries meant that GB costs remained among the highest in Europe.

UK pig prices - week ended 19 November 2016

23 November 2016

The EU-spec SPP increased once again in week ended 19 November by 0.30p to 150.16p/kg. This is the highest the SPP has reached in over two years and nearly 24p ahead of the same week last year. This is the 33rd consecutive week that this price has recorded an increase, which extends the record trend, although this represents the smallest weekly rise since April.

Producers back in the black

22 November 2016

Pig production costs in Great Britain rose again in the third quarter of 2016, to an average of 135p/kg, according to latest estimates from AHDB Pork. Despite this, a more rapid rise in pig prices meant that producer margins were positive for the first time since 2014.

EU pig meat exports begin to cool

22 November 2016

EU pork exports began to cool off in September, influenced by a number of factors, including falling Chinese demand and higher supplies of cheaper pork coming from the US and Brazil.

EU pig price still in decline- for now

21 November 2016

The EU-average pig reference price continued to fall over the past three weeks, declining by just over €4 to stand at €150.89/100kg for week ended 13 November.

Further signs of EU supply tightening

18 November 2016

Latest slaughtering and production data from Eurostat provide further indications that EU supplies have been tightening.

UK pork production declines further

18 November 2016

According to the latest figures released from Defra, at 865,100 head, UK clean pig slaughterings were back 5% during October compared to the same month last year.

UK pig prices - week ended 12 November 2016

16 November 2016

For week ended 12 November, the EU-spec SPP continued to climb, by 0.98p to reach 149.86p/kg.

How high can the pig price go?

15 November 2016

Updated analysis of long-term price trends looks at what they can tell us about the current situation.

EU Economic Forecast: Modest growth in challenging times

15 November 2016

In its autumn forecast released last week, the EU Commission forecasts GDP growth in the Eurozone at 1.7% in 2016, 1.5% in 2017 and 1.7% in 2018. GDP in the EU as a whole should follow a similar trend.

China drives Canadian export growth

14 November 2016

In the first nine months of 2016, Canada, the world’s third largest pork exporter, shipped 9% more pork than a year before.

Lower prices fail to stimulate retail pig meat sales

14 November 2016

Expenditure on retail pork purchases was down 13%, compared with a year earlier, for the 12 weeks ending 9 October, according to latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. This was driven by an 8% decline in volume sales that came in spite of a 5% cut in the average price paid.

Producers’ share of pork retail price at 2-year high

11 November 2016

Producers’ share of retail pork prices continued to increase during October, rising by 2 points on the previous month to reach 39%.

Value of UK exports grows, despite falling volumes

11 November 2016

The value of pork exported from the UK during September was up 16% on the year, reaching £21.7 million. This increase occurred despite volume being down 9%, at 16.4 thousand tonnes. A 26% rise in average unit prices supported total export value, aided by the weak the pound which shielded most importing nations from the price rise; in euro terms the price was only up 7%, for example.

UK pig prices - week ended 5 November 2016

09 November 2016

Growth was seen again in the EU-spec SPP during week ended 5 November. Rising by 1.77p on the previous week, the price now stands at 148.88p/kg.

Increasing volumes of UK pork shipped to smaller Asian markets

09 November 2016

An increase in shipments of UK-origin fresh/frozen pork to the Asian destinations of South Korea and the Philippines has been seen so far in 2016, according to data from those two countries. Markets such as these could be key to maintaining total export volumes in 2017, when demand from the dominant non-EU destination, China, is expected to fall back.

Chinese demand drives growth in Hong Kong imports

09 November 2016

The Hong Kong import market has shown significant growth this year, with fresh/frozen pork volumes in January to September up 47% on the first nine months of 2015, to reach 250,000 tonnes.

Low US pig price could trump EU competitiveness

09 November 2016

Cheap US pork could limit the competitiveness of EU and UK pig meat on the global marketplace in the coming months.

Little growth in US exports so far

09 November 2016

US pork exports in the first nine months of the year were up 2% on the same period in 2015, with the majority of the increase coming in the latest three months.

GB pig feed output down for fifth consecutive month

07 November 2016

GB pig feed production in September was down 11% year on year, at 156,800 tonnes, according to latest Defra data

Danish pig herd in decline

07 November 2016

The number of pigs in Denmark on 1 October was 4% lower than a year before, according to new figures from Statistics Denmark.

UK pig prices - week ended 29 October 2016

02 November 2016

The EU-spec SPP continued its upward march in week ended 29 October, reaching 147.11p/kg following an increase of 1.20p.

Feed market update - October 2016

02 November 2016

Read our latest summary of developments in the animal feed market.

Japanese import growth slowing

02 November 2016

In the first nine months of 2016, Japanese imports of fresh/frozen pork were up 10% on 2015 levels, at 641 thousand tonnes.

EU sow price passes peak

31 October 2016

EU sow prices continued to rise throughout the third quarter of 2016 but have begun to drop off in recent weeks, following declining EU pig prices.

Pig farm incomes plummet in 2015/16

31 October 2016

The average Farm Business Income (FBI) for specialist pig farms in England fell by 56% in 2015/16, when compared to the previous year, from £49,400 to £22,000, according to the latest data from Defra.

EU and Canada sign free trade deal

31 October 2016

After a week of intensive negotiation, the EU and Canada have signed a much-delayed Free Trade Agreement, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Chinese import boom continues into Q3

28 October 2016

Chinese imports of fresh/frozen pork continued to be significantly elevated in Q3 this year, increasing by 160% on the same period in 2015 to reach 516 thousand tonnes. This takes import volumes for the first nine months of 2016 to 1.28 million tonnes, well over double last year’s figure.

UK pig prices - week ended 22 October 2016

26 October 2016

The EU-Spec SPP continued rising during the week ended 22 October, climbing by 0.83p to reach 145.91p/kg.

November UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

26 October 2016

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

Tighter supplies ahead in EU but limited price support

26 October 2016

The reduction in the EU pig breeding herd recorded in the year to June 2016 is expected to lead to some reduction in supplies over the coming months. However, uncertainty about future export prospects and subdued EU consumer demand may prevent prices rising any further. These were among the conclusions drawn from this week’s meeting of the EU Commission’s pig meat forecasts working group.

Far East buoys Brazilian export market

25 October 2016

Brazilian fresh/frozen pork export volumes for the January- September period were up 41% this year, relative to 2015, at over 474,000 tonnes.

Scottish pig herd increasing

25 October 2016

In the year to June 2016, the total number of pigs in Scotland recorded a 4% increase, according to the latest figures published by the Scottish Government.

UK pig supplies to remain tight into 2017

25 October 2016

Latest AHDB pork forecasts for UK pig meat supplies have been published today.

More EU pork produced per day in July

21 October 2016

At face-value, provisional figures from Eurostat show that EU pig meat production declined 4% on the previous year during July, to 1.78 million tonnes. However, when adjusted to take into account two extra working days in July 2015 compared to July this year, the trend is reversed.

EU pig price now in decline

21 October 2016

The EU-average pig reference price has tailed off in the latest three weeks.

UK pig prices - week ended 15 October 2016

19 October 2016

For the week ended 15 October, the EU-spec SPP rose yet again, increasing by 1.18p to 145.08p/kg.

Global pork production and exports set to reach record highs in 2017

19 October 2016

Total global pig meat production is forecast to be down 2% this year, relative to 2015, according to the latest estimate from the US Department of Agriculture’s global outlook report. However, looking forward to 2017 production is predicted to not only recover but increase above 2015 levels.

EU exports slowing down

19 October 2016

EU pork exports appear to be slowing down, according to latest figures released by Eurostat. Since hitting a new record in June, shipments had fallen back nearly a quarter by August, to stand at 180,000 tonnes.

Lower prices can’t halt slide in pork retail sales

19 October 2016

Consumer spending on retail pork purchases was down 12%, compared with a year earlier, in the 12 weeks ending 11 September.

UK pork production continues to decline

19 October 2016

According to the latest figures from Defra, UK clean pig slaughterings were back 3% during September compared to a year earlier, at 910.5 thousand head.

UK pig herd up in June

13 October 2016

Provisional Defra figures for the UK pig herd as at 1 June 2016 indicate a 2% increase in total pig numbers, relative to the same point last year. This increase was largely driven by a 3% increase in feeding pig numbers, likely following from expansion in the breeding herd at the end of 2015, particularly in Northern Ireland.

Preparing for a new agricultural world

13 October 2016

This year’s AHDB Grain Market Outlook conference, which took place yesterday, focused on helping prepare the industry for a new, post-referendum agricultural world, where issues like productivity, consolidation and efficiency are becoming ever more prevalent.

UK pig prices - week ended 8 October 2016

12 October 2016

The EU-spec SPP rose yet again in the week ended 8 October, climbing by 1.67p to reach 143.90p/kg.

UK exports grow in August

12 October 2016

UK fresh/frozen pork exports began to increase again in August, at 15,900 tonnes they were up 3%, compared to the previous year.

New report explores Brexit impacts sector by sector

12 October 2016

The implications of future trade policy scenarios for the UK’s farming and growing industries are examined in the latest edition of AHDB’s Horizon series.

How big is your premium? – comparing UK and EU pig prices

12 October 2016

Since June, AHDB has been reporting that UK pig prices have fallen behind the EU average price. This represents a significant change from last year when UK prices averaged almost 30p/kg higher than EU levels. These conclusions are based on analysis of the reference prices published by the EU Commission, which are intended to provide a like-for-like comparison between prices in different countries. But do they really do so?

EU short-term outlook report published

11 October 2016

The latest EU Commission Short-Term Outlook for arable crops, dairy and meat markets in 2016 and 2017 has recently been published.

Rising pig price enables producer share of retail price to increase

07 October 2016

The producers’ share of retail pork prices has now been rising for six consecutive months, reaching 37% during September.

Sterling continues to weaken

07 October 2016

The continued weakness of the pound against the euro post-Brexit is helping to support prices for most agricultural outputs, including pigs. It will also mean higher overall payments to those farmers receiving Basic Payments in sterling.

UK pig prices - week ended 1 October 2016

05 October 2016

The EU-spec SPP rose further during the week ended 1 October, increasing by 1.20p to 142.23p/kg.

EU pig meat demand still in decline

05 October 2016

Consumer demand for pig meat in key EU markets has remained under pressure in 2016, with consumption generally falling back in spite of favourable prices.

Fall in trade between EU countries

05 October 2016

According to the latest trade data the volume of pork traded between the 28 EU Member States declined in the first half of 2016.

Russia appeals WTO ruling on EU pork import ban

03 October 2016

As was widely anticipated, Russia has appealed against the World Trade Organisation (WTO)’s judgement that its ban on imports of EU pig meat products was against WTO rules. Appeals can take up to three months to complete. If the original judgement is upheld, Russia will have to remove the ban within a ‘reasonable period of time’ or face retaliatory measures.

US pig herd continues to break records

03 October 2016

As at September 1, the US pig herd had increased by 2% on the previous year to 70.9 million head, according to the latest Hogs and Pigs report published by the USDA.

Mid-week roast opportunity for red meat

30 September 2016

With an ever increasing shift towards convenience meal solutions for today’s time poor consumers, the traditional favourite that is the roast dinner is coming under increasing pressure.

Dutch exports back slightly, although Chinese shipments remain in growth

30 September 2016

Overall Dutch fresh/frozen pork export volumes were back 1% relative to last year during the first half of 2016, at 419 thousand tonnes.

UK pig prices - week ended 24 September

28 September 2016

The EU-spec SPP continued its rise in week ended 24 September, up 0.65p to 141.03p/kg.

Polish imports and exports continue to increase

28 September 2016

Polish exports of fresh/frozen pork increased in the first half of 2016 on a year earlier, up 13% to 219.6 thousand tonnes.

September Pig Market Trends out now

27 September 2016

The September edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) is published today.

EU pig price continuing its upwards trend

26 September 2016

The EU average pig reference price continued its upward trend of the year, following a slight plateau in August.

Defra records increase in the English total and breeding herds

26 September 2016

Defra figures from the 1 June English pig survey show a surprising increase in the total pig herd, with reported numbers up 2%, to 3.9 million head.

Italian pork imports down, but live trade increasing

26 September 2016

Volumes of fresh/frozen pork imported into Italy fell by 6%, relative to 2015 during the first half of the year, to 481,800 tonnes.

Declines in EU’s breeding and finishing pig herds

22 September 2016

The latest provisional figures from Eurostat show a decline in both the breeding and finishing herd on an EU level in the year to June 2016.

Pork retail sales back slightly

21 September 2016

In the 12 weeks to 14 August, the amount of pork purchased was down on a year earlier, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

UK pig prices - week ended 17 September

21 September 2016

The EU-spec SPP rose once again in week ended 17 September, up 0.49p to 140.38p/kg.

Potential impact of Brexit on the meat processing workforce

21 September 2016

The latest issue in AHDB’s Horizon series highlights potential consequences arising from the loss of EU migrant labour on workforce availability in the wider agricultural and food sector.

Growth in Danish exports to China counteract declining EU trade

20 September 2016

Total fresh/frozen pork exports from Denmark during the first half of 2016 sat on last year’s levels, at 562,600 tonnes.

EU exports remain strong

20 September 2016

July was another strong month for EU exports, up 31% on the year earlier to 189 thousand tonnes.

UK production back in August

16 September 2016

According to the latest figures released from Defra, UK clean pig slaughterings were back 3% in August on the year earlier, to 901.6 thousand head.

EU production levels stand on last year’s volumes

15 September 2016

Provisional figures from the EU Commission show that EU pig meat production stood on last year’s levels in June, at 1,892 thousand tonnes.

GB breeding herd productivity continues to improve

14 September 2016

The latest physical performance data, provided to AHDB Pork by Agrosoft, showed that the productivity of the GB breeding herd continued to improve throughout the second quarter of 2016.

UK pig prices - week ended 10 September

14 September 2016

The EU-spec SPP rose further in week ended 10 September, by 1.65p to 139.89p/kg.

UK exports back in July

13 September 2016

UK fresh/frozen pork exports counteracted the recent increasing trend, decreasing by 7% to 14.3 thousand tonnes in July, compared to the previous year.

Producers share of pork price continuing to increase

13 September 2016

The producer’s share of the retail pork price increased marginally in August, reaching 36%, the highest share for the past 18 months.

Production costs rising again

12 September 2016

Having fallen through most of 2015, pig production costs rose in the second quarter of this year, according to latest estimates from AHDB Pork. This meant that, despite some recovery in pig prices during the three months, average producer losses were similar to those in the first quarter.

Breeding herd declines in major producing EU states

12 September 2016

Initial figures released from Eurostat, from selected EU Member States, are indicative that there may be a decline in both the total pig herd and the breeding pig herd in the May/June census.

Preparing for a new agricultural world

08 September 2016

Grain Market Outlook is the leading UK conference on global grain markets, hosted by AHDB. This year it takes place on 12 October in London.

Continuing increase in Canadian pig herd

07 September 2016

The Statistics Canada Hog inventory has reported a 2% increase in total pig numbers on 1 July 2016 compared to the previous year, with numbers now reaching 13.5 million head.

United Kingdom gaining foothold on Australian market

07 September 2016

Australian imports of fresh and frozen pork in the first half of 2016 were marginally down on a year earlier, but this did not prevent United Kingdom product starting to penetrate this market.

UK pig prices - week ended 03 September 2016

07 September 2016

The EU-spec SPP continued to rise in week ended 03 September, up 0.94p to 138.24p/kg.

Will Chinese trade absorb the bumper US pig crop?

07 September 2016

US hog prices started 2016 in a somewhat sluggish fashion, at levels well below those recorded in recent years, but have shown a gradual increase throughout the year.

Consumers’ perception of red meat improving

06 September 2016

The image of red meat has been undergoing a major positive change, with consumers seeing it more and more as full of flavour, easy to cook and suitable for any day of the week.

Irish exports continue to grow in H1 2016

05 September 2016

Irish exports continued to grow into the first half of 2016, up 20% on the year earlier, to 96.1 thousand tonnes.

EU weaner prices starting to taper back

02 September 2016

The latest EU Commission data reports the EU average weaner price for the week ended 21 August as €43.23 a head.

UK pig prices - week ended 27 August 2016

31 August 2016

The EU-spec SPP rose once again in week ended 27 August, up 1.29p to 137.30p/kg.

Percentage of British pork facings back slightly in July

31 August 2016

According to the latest Porkwatch data, the number of British pork facings in July 2016 was 1% back, to 82%, on the same period a year earlier, although it was 3% up, to 79%, on the last survey conducted in May 2016.

EU production levels back in May

31 August 2016

Provisional figures from the EU Commission show that EU pig meat production increased year-on-year in May, up 3% to 1,879 thousand tonnes.

August Pig Market Trends out now

30 August 2016

The August edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) is published today.

Northern Irish pig herd records growth

30 August 2016

As at June 2016, the total pig herd in Northern Ireland increased by 4% on the previous year, to 595.1 thousand head.

EU pig price rise begins to slow

30 August 2016

The rise in EU pig prices began to slow going through July and August, with the reference price closing at €163.62/100kg for week ended 21 August.

Spanish pork exports increasing over the first six months of 2016

25 August 2016

In the first six months of 2016, exports of Spanish pork increased 29%, to 752 thousand tonnes.

Trade a key issue for post-Brexit pork sector

24 August 2016

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union will have far-reaching effects on the pork sector.

WTO rule Russian ban unlawful

24 August 2016

A WTO review panel have declared that the import ban on EU live pigs, fresh pork and other pig products imposed by Russia in early 2014 is against international trade rules.

UK pig prices - week ended 20 August 2016

24 August 2016

The EU-spec SPP continued to rise in week ended 20 August, up 1.01p to 136.01p/kg.

Pork retail sales largely static

22 August 2016

Retail pork sales remained largely static in the 12 weeks to 17 July, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

German exports growing in first six months of the year

22 August 2016

Exports of fresh/frozen pork from Germany grew slightly in the first six months of the year, up 4% to 886 thousand tonnes.

UK production grows in July

19 August 2016

At 891,200 head, UK clean pig slaughterings were up 6% year on year in July, once figures are adjusted for a change in methodology, according to latest figures from Defra.

Red meat hit by reduction in volume-driving deals

19 August 2016

The major multiples are moving away from multibuy and Y for £X promotions as they look to simplify their offering and focus more on an everyday low pricing strategy in order to compete with the Hard Discounters.

UK pig prices - week ended 13 August 2016

17 August 2016

In week ended 13 August, the EU-spec SPP rose once again to 135p/kg, a total increase of 1.02p on the week and the highest since mid-February 2015.

EU exports reach another new high

17 August 2016

The strong run of EU pork exports continued in June, reaching another new record of 236,800 tonnes.

Global prices starting to pick up

17 August 2016

Having reached their lowest point for many years earlier in 2016, global pork export prices have started to pick up more recently.

Producer share of retail price at 10-month high

15 August 2016

The sustained recovery of GB pig prices since the spring has come at a time when retail pork prices have been fairly stable. As a result, the share of the retail price received by producers has risen from a low point of 30% to reach 35% in July.

French exports grew in the first half of 2016

12 August 2016

According to the latest figures released from France Customs, French exports grew by 11% in the first half of 2016, to over 232 thousand tonnes.

Canadian exports show modest growth

12 August 2016

Canadian exports of fresh/frozen pork have recorded a slight increase over the first six months of 2016, by 10%, to 472,000 tonnes.

UK exports carry on rising in June

11 August 2016

UK exports continued to increase into June, with fresh/frozen pork volumes up 26%, to 18.4 thousand tonnes, on the year earlier.

UK pig prices - week ended 06 August

10 August 2016

The EU spec SPP continued to rise in week ended 06 August, up 2.59p to 133.98p/kg.

Danish breeding herd still shrinking

09 August 2016

Provisional figures from the 1 July pig census showed that the number of pigs fell at the start of Q3 2016 versus the same period a year earlier, by 3%, to 12.3 million head.

Agricultural policy models around the world

08 August 2016

Brexit has created the opportunity for the UK to create its own Agricultural Policy.

Pig feed production up in the first half of 2016

08 August 2016

Total GB compound pig feed production for the first half of 2016 totalled 916,000 tonnes, a slight increase (0.4%) on the same point in 2015, according to latest data released by Defra last week.

US exports largely stable over first six months

08 August 2016

US exports of fresh/frozen pork remained largely stable in the first half of 2016 on last year, at 784 thousand tonnes.

Interest rate cut to 0.25%

05 August 2016

The Bank of England has cut interest rates at the monthly meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), from 0.5% to 0.25%. This is the first change in interest rates since 2009.

EU sow prices recovering

04 August 2016

After a period of stability at the beginning of the year, the German, Dutch, French and Danish sow prices have all been increasing.

Spanish exports continuing to grow

03 August 2016

According to the latest census results, Spain now has the largest pig herd in Europe, and has had the biggest sow herd for a number a years.

UK pig prices - week ended 30 July 2016

03 August 2016

The EU spec SPP rose once again in week ended 30 July, up 1.11p to 131.39p/kg.

Economic update

01 August 2016

The UK economy has reacted to the uncertainty both in the run up to the UK referendum and subsequent to the vote to leave the EU.

Japanese pork imports increasing in H1 2016

01 August 2016

Japanese imports of fresh/frozen pork increased by just under 13%, to 429 thousand tonnes, in the first six months of the year.

Belgian pork exports largely stable

29 July 2016

In the first four months of 2016, Belgium exported 231 thousand tonnes of pork.

EU pig prices continue their rise

28 July 2016

EU pig prices continued their rise throughout June and July, taking the reference price to €162.54/100kg for week ended 24 July.

UK pig prices - week ended 23 July

27 July 2016

The EU spec SPP continued to rise in week ended 23 July, up 2.14p to 130.28p/kg.

UK supplies reducing due to improved balance of trade

26 July 2016

Domestic production growth is expected to draw back in the second half of 2016, although still be ahead of 2015 levels.

July Pig Market Trends out now

26 July 2016

The July edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) is published today.

Pork’s retail woes continue

26 July 2016

Retail pork sales remained subdued in the 12 week period up to 19 June, according to the data from Kantar Worldpanel. The amount of pork sold was down 2%, compared with a year earlier, despite prices being 9% lower.

Feed market update – July 2016

26 July 2016

Over the past month (23 June – 20 July), markets have been reacting to the outcome of the EU referendum.

Chinese imports continuing to boom

25 July 2016

Chinese imports of fresh/frozen pork continued to increase significantly in June, up 138% to 762 thousand tonnes.

Little sign of slowdown in EU exports

22 July 2016

EU pork exports in May 2016 were marginally lower than in April but were still nearly double their level in the same month last year, at 226,000 tonnes.

South Korean pork imports remain stable

22 July 2016

Korean imports of fresh and frozen pork have remained largely static in the first six months of 2016, up less than half of one percent, at 230 thousand tonnes.

German pig price on the rise

20 July 2016

German pig prices have been increasing significantly since May, following two years of declining prices.

How will Brexit affect UK trade outside the EU?

20 July 2016

AHDB has released new analysis of what the UK’s trading relationships with non-EU countries might look like post-Brexit.

UK pig prices - week ended 16 July

20 July 2016

The EU-spec SPP rose once again in week ended 16 July, by 1.57p, to 128.14p/kg.

New edition of MeatStats published

19 July 2016

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 end of 2015.

EU production levels up in April

18 July 2016

Provisional figures from the EU Commission show that EU pig meat production increased year-on-year in April, up 5% to 1,950 thousand tonnes.

Meat Market Observatory launched

15 July 2016

The Commission has today launched a new Meat Market Observatory aimed at improving market transparency for the beef & veal and the pigmeat sectors, thereby helping operators to read market signals and to cope better with market volatility.

Brazilian pork exports recording strong growth

15 July 2016

Brazilian exports of fresh/frozen pork for the first half of 2016 increased by 56% on the same period last year, to over 301 thousand tonnes.

UK production starting to decline

14 July 2016

According to the latest DEFRA figures, pig slaughterings for June were up, to 864 thousand head, on the same period a year earlier. However, if you allow for a change in reporting periods, the latest figure actually represents a 3.6% fall in slaughtering levels on June 2015.

Producer’s share of retail price rises for second consecutive month

13 July 2016

Although remaining at a historical low, the producer’s share of the retail pork price increased slightly in June, to 33%.

UK pig prices - week ended 9 July 2016

13 July 2016

The EU-spec SPP continued to climb in week ending 9 July, by 2.8p to 126.57p/kg.

CETA agreement between the EU and Canada

13 July 2016

The EU is in the process of completing the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA) and final approval is currently expected in the first quarter of 2017.

Short-Term Outlook for EU arable crops and meat markets published

12 July 2016

The EU Commission has recently published its Short-Term Outlook for EU arable crops, dairy and meat markets in 2016 and 2017, and here we look to highlight some of the pertinent points for the pig meat market.

UK exports still increasing in May

11 July 2016

UK exports of fresh/frozen pork increased once again in May, to 14.2 thousand tonnes.

Developing countries to dominate global pork growth

08 July 2016

Global meat production is projected to continue to grow over the coming decade, although at a slightly slower rate than over the last 10 years, according to the newly-published OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook.

What could a UK/EU trade relationship look like post-Brexit?

08 July 2016

New AHDB report looks at five potential options for UK's trading relationship with the EU post-Brexit.

UK pig prices - week ended 2 July 2016

06 July 2016

The EU-spec SPP climbed for the 13th consecutive week in week ending 2 July, by over 1.5p to 123.77/kg.

UK exit from the EU - Article 50 and negotiating a new relationship

06 July 2016

In the wake of the EU referendum on Thursday 24 June, AHDB will be assessing the evidence and looking at possible scenarios for the UK agricultural sector.

2016: The year so far for retail sales of meat

06 July 2016

Now that we are almost halfway through 2016, it is possible to take a look back at the year so far and see what trends have been emerging in the retail market for different proteins.

EU pig prices surge past UK prices

05 July 2016

The surge in EU pig prices which began at the end of April continues unabated. This took it to over €155 per 100kg for week ended 26 June, the highest level since September 2014.

Dutch exports down in the first quarter

04 July 2016

Export volumes of fresh/frozen pork were down in the first quarter of 2016, by 8%, to 185 thousand tonnes.

Italian pork imports decreasing

01 July 2016

Italian pork imports decreased by 7% in the first quarter of 2016, when compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the latest data released from Istat.

July UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

01 July 2016

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

German pig herd continuing to decline

30 June 2016

Provisional figures from the May pig census show that the number of pigs in Germany fell by 4% since May 2015, to 27 million head.

Short term impacts of “Brexit” result

29 June 2016

In the wake of the result of the EU referendum last Thursday, what are the short-term consequences for the UK pork sector?

UK pig prices - week ended 25 June

29 June 2016

The EU-spec SPP rose again in week ending 25 June, by 0.63p to 122.16p/kg.

June Pig Market Trends out now

29 June 2016

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

Feed market update – June 2016

29 June 2016

The price of maize has been a key focal point over the month to 23 June, with US maize futures (Dec-16) peaking at $176.66/t on 17 June, before falling back down to $156.59/t on 23 June.

Polish imports and exports increasing

28 June 2016

Polish exports of fresh and frozen pork recorded a 5% increase in the first quarter of 2016 on a year earlier, to 104 thousand tonnes.

US pig herd increasing

27 June 2016

As at June 1, the US pig herd was at 68.4 million, which was an increase of 2% on the same period a year earlier, according to the latest Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA.

Sales of pork in decline again

24 June 2016

Pork sales by volume recorded a decline in the 12 weeks to 22 May, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel data.

UK pig prices - week ended 18 June

22 June 2016

The EU-spec SPP continued its positive trend in the week ending 18 June, recording an increase of 1.13p to 121.53p/kg.

Sterling volatility continues

22 June 2016

The value of sterling has remained volatile of late and this week recorded the largest gain against the euro for the previous five months.

Growing presence of Poland on UK market

22 June 2016

Poland has been steadily increasing its presence on the UK pig meat market, which seems set to continue.

Organic pig numbers rise slightly

22 June 2016

Latest figures from Defra show a small rise in the number of organically farmed pigs in the UK in 2015, for the first time since 2011.

UK production starting to stabilise

20 June 2016

According to the latest DEFRA figures, pig slaughterings for May were up, to 863 thousand head, on the same period a year earlier.

Danish pork exports record slight decline

17 June 2016

Danish pork exports for the first quarter of 2016 recorded a slight decline, down 6% to 273 thousand tonnes, on the same period a year earlier.

EU exports continue their strong start to the year

16 June 2016

EU exports of fresh/frozen pork continued to show strong growth into April.

UK pig prices - week ended 11 June 2016

15 June 2016

The EU-spec SPP increased once again in week ended 11 June, by 0.97p to 120.40p/kg.

EU pig meat demand picking up

15 June 2016

Demand for pig meat in the EU has been under some pressure in 2015 and into early 2016.

FAO 2016 Food Outlook report now published

15 June 2016

The FAO has published its 2016 Food Outlook report this month, so it seems timely to review some of the points the report highlights.

EU production levels starting to stabilise

14 June 2016

Provisional figures from the EU Commission show that EU pig meat production decreased year-on-year in March, by -1% to 2.02 million tonnes.

UK exports continuing to grow in April

13 June 2016

UK exports of fresh/frozen pork continued to grow significantly in April, to 17.2 thousand tonnes.

EU weaner prices increasing slightly after period of stability

10 June 2016

Weaner prices across the EU have remained largely stable since firming through January and February.

Producers share of retail price still low, but rising slowly

09 June 2016

The producer’s share of the retail pork price recorded another modest increase in May, to 32%.

UK pig prices - week ended 04 June 2016

08 June 2016

The EU-spec SPP jumped up by 1.94p to 119.43p/kg in week ended 4 June.

Brazilian maize price hinders livestock producers

08 June 2016

From a cereals perspective, one of the main talking points over the past month that has been affecting global grain prices is Brazil’s second, or safrinha, maize crop.

UK pig feed consumption forecast to increase

07 June 2016

Total demand for cereals in UK animal feed production in 2015/16 has been revised up, by 1.3%, compared with earlier estimates, according to the latest Defra UK Supply and Demand estimates released last month.

EU pig prices increasing through May

06 June 2016

Pig prices in the EU have increased week-on-week throughout May. The latest average pig price, for week ending 29 May, was €140.76 per 100 kg.

Global prices stabilise as trade booms

03 June 2016

Global pork export prices have been relatively stable over recent months, albeit at a lower level than for many years.

GB sow productivity continues to improve

02 June 2016

Performance results for the twelve months ending March 2016 show continued improvement in GB sow herds.

Spanish exports continue to grow

02 June 2016

Exports of fresh/frozen pork from Spain have grown strongly in the first quarter of 2016, when compared with the same period a year earlier.

UK pig prices - week ended 28 May 2016

01 June 2016

Pig prices continued to increase in week ended 28 May, with the EU-spec SPP up 1.22p to 117.49p/kg.

June UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

01 June 2016

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

May Pig Market Trends out now

31 May 2016

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

More pork sold but at lower prices

31 May 2016

Expenditure on retail pork purchases was down 7% year on year in the 12 weeks ending 12 April, according to Kantar Worldpanel. This was driven by retail prices falling by 9% but there was a 2% increase in the amount bought.

Cost of production falls but lower prices result in negative margins

31 May 2016

The cost of pig production in GB fell by 6p/kg in the first quarter of 2016, to an estimated 129p/kg.

Polish pig numbers continue to fall

31 May 2016

According to the latest pig census from Poland, as at 1 March, total pig numbers continued to decline.

FAO predicts lower prices over the next decade in real terms

27 May 2016

With the FAO Global Outlook being published this month, it is timely to review the economic environment for agriculture for the years ahead.

German trade modestly down in first quarter

27 May 2016

Exports of fresh/frozen pork from Germany fell slightly in the first quarter of 2016, down 6% to 419.3 thousand tonnes, when compared with the same period a year earlier.

Feed Market Update – May 2016

27 May 2016

Over the month to 24 May, UK feed wheat futures (Nov-16) fell just under £2/t, with a slight rally occurring in the middle of May.

UK pig prices - week ended 21 May 2016

25 May 2016

The recent recovery in GB pig prices continued in week ended 21 May, with a rise in the EU-spec SPP of 0.67p to 116.27p/kg.

Focus on Latin America

25 May 2016

Latin American countries have been increasing their pork production over recent years, with certain countries now becoming major players in the global market.

EU economic overview and forecast

24 May 2016

With the EU Spring Economic Forecast having been published this month, it is timely to review the economic environment for agriculture and the economic forecast it delivers for the months ahead.

 

Strong exports support EU market

24 May 2016

EU exports of all pig meat products were up by more than a quarter in the first three months of 2016, compared with a year earlier, according to latest figures from the EU Commission.

EU production growth slowing in February

23 May 2016

Provisional figures from the EU Commission show that EU pig meat production increased year-on-year in February – up 6% to 1.95 million tonnes. There was one extra working day this year, due to the leap year, so if working day production was compared like for like, this was equivalent to a rise in production of just 1%.

Irish exports experience strong growth in Q1

20 May 2016

Exports of fresh and frozen pork from Ireland recorded strong growth in the first quarter of 2016, when compared with the same period a year earlier.

Pig supplies remain plentiful in April

19 May 2016

At 893,800 head, pig slaughterings in April remained well above their level in the same month last year, according to latest figures from Defra.

UK pig prices - week ended 14 May 2016

18 May 2016

The GB pig price continued to recover in week ending 14 May, with the EU-spec SPP up 0.9p on the week, to 115.60p/kg.

Russian pork imports grow

18 May 2016

Russian fresh/frozen pork imports grew significantly in Q1 2016 versus the same period a year earlier, up 59% to 50.2 thousand tonnes.

Pork a winner at Easter

17 May 2016

This year, total red meat sales in the four weeks running up to Easter were worth £310m – down 4% year-on-year, according to analysis by Kantar Worldpanel. The proteins that performed well over the Easter period were fish, pork and chicken, while beef sales were similar to last year. 

New publications full of valuable data

17 May 2016

Two new publications from AHDB Pork, both out last week, provide a valuable source of information about the pig industry.

French exports increase slightly in Q1

13 May 2016

According to the latest figures released via French Customs, pork exports from France increased by 5% to 115.4 thousand tonnes in Q1 2016, when compared with the same period a year earlier.

Producer share of retail price still low

13 May 2016

Although it increased slightly in April, producers’ share of the retail pork price remains historically low, at 31%.

2016 Pork Yearbook – a wealth of information

13 May 2016

The 2016 AHDB Pork Yearbook contains a wealth of information including details of the AHDB Pork Board’s 5-point plan to help the pig industry during these challenging times.

UK exports show strong growth in March

12 May 2016

UK exports of fresh/frozen pork grew significantly once again in March, to 19.4 thousand tonnes. This was a 22% increase on the same period a year earlier and compounded the strong start exports have recorded this year to date.

UK pig prices - week ended 7 May 2016

11 May 2016

The recent recovery in pig prices showed signs of accelerating in week ended 7 May, with the EU-spec SPP rising by nearly a penny to 114.70p/kg.

Canadian export performance boosted by China

11 May 2016

Canadian trade with China has shown strong growth in the first quarter of 2016 and, similar to the United States, more than quadrupled to become its second largest market, with a 22% share.

Lower sow feed production hints at falling herd

11 May 2016

Latest figures from Defra show that 1% more compound pig feed was produced in the first quarter of 2016 than a year earlier. However, within this total, there was a 5% reduction in breeding pig feed.

Rising supplies of other meats provide competition for pork

11 May 2016

As reported last week, latest AHDB Beef & Lamb forecasts suggest there will be more beef and sheep meat on the UK market this year. With an expectation that poultry supplies will also be higher, the meat market looks set to remain competitive.

Danish breeding herd continues to contract

10 May 2016

Provisional figures from the 1 April pig census showed that the number of pigs in Denmark fell slightly in Q1 2016 versus the same period a year earlier.

Pocketbook and Yearbook published

10 May 2016

This week’s Pig & Poultry Fair saw the launch of two annual publications, which between them provide a wide range of information about the pork market.

EU market remains stable

09 May 2016

EU pig prices have fluctuated between €125 and €130 per 100kg for most of this year and this remained the case in April.

US exports increase in the first quarter

09 May 2016

US exports of fresh and frozen pork increased in the first quarter of 2016, up 5% to 372 thousand tonnes.

UK pig prices - week ended 30 April 2016

04 May 2016

The EU-spec SPP increased for the fourth consecutive week, in week ending 30 April 2016, by 0.30p to 113.79p/kg.

EU sow prices remain stable

03 May 2016

The stability recorded in the German and Dutch sow prices at the beginning of the year has stayed true through to the end of April, albeit at low M1 sow price averages of around €0.95/kg and €0.83/kg respectively.

Japanese pork imports rising

03 May 2016

Although much of the world’s attention has been on China, it was not the only Asian market taking more pork in early 2016. Japan too increased its intake in the first three months of the year by over 20%, compared with the same period last year.

AHDB Pork MI at the Pig Fair

03 May 2016

Members of AHDB’s Market Intelligence team will be at the Pig & Poultry Fair next week.

Beef and sheep meat production forecast higher

03 May 2016

Following publication of latest AHDB forecasts for pig meat supplies last week, updated forecasts for beef and sheep meat have also been released.

AHDB Activity Review

03 May 2016

Pork retail sales return to growth

29 April 2016

Some volume growth has been recorded in pork sales in the 12 weeks ending 27 March, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel data.

May UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

28 April 2016

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

UK pig prices - week ended 23 April 2016

27 April 2016

The EU-spec SPP increased for the third week running in week ended 23 April, by 0.23p to 113.49/kg.

Feed market update - 27 April 2016

27 April 2016

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

April Pig Market Trends out now

26 April 2016

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

Chinese imports continue to boom

26 April 2016

Chinese pork imports more than doubled, compared with the same period a year earlier, in March 2016 to a record 114,700 tonnes, according to the latest figures from China Customs.

Global production forecast to be down slightly in 2016

26 April 2016

As reported last week, according to latest USDA forecasts, global pork production is set to be slightly down in 2016, after levels were little changed in 2015. Global trade is forecast to increase in 2016, although at slower rates than those recorded the year earlier.

Improved trade balance set to reduce UK supplies

26 April 2016

Domestic pig meat production growth is still expected to outstrip demand in the coming months. However, an improvement in the balance of trade, with lower imports and higher exports, could reduce the supply-demand imbalance. These are among the conclusions of the latest AHDB Pork forecasts for UK supplies, published today.

EU supplies plentiful in January

22 April 2016

EU pig meat production was down just over 1% year on year in January, at 1.96 million tonnes. However, with one working day fewer this year, that is equivalent to a growth of around 4% on a per working day basis.

Feed market update - 20 April 2016

20 April 2016

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

UK pig prices - week ended 16 April 2016

20 April 2016

In week ended 16 April, the EU-spec SPP increased for the second week running, by 0.40p to 113.26p/kg.

Korean import growth slows

20 April 2016

South Korea imported 5% more pork in the first quarter of 2016 than a year earlier, although this is much slower growth than was recorded in 2015.

EU exports continue strong performance in February

19 April 2016

EU exports continued their strong performance into February, with pork shipments up almost a third on the same period a year earlier, to 168,000 tonnes.

Global pig meat production forecast to decline

19 April 2016

Global pig meat production is forecast to decrease by 1% on the year to 109.3 million tonnes in 2016, according to latest global outlook report from the USDA.

UK production growth continues

15 April 2016

UK pig meat production remained strong in March, with 79,800 tonnes output during the month, according to latest figures from Defra. This equated to an increase of around 5% compared with March 2015, once changes to reporting periods are taken into account.

China offers new market opportunities for Brazil

15 April 2016

There was a sharp growth in Brazilian pork exports in the first quarter of 2016, of over 80% year on year, to 140,000 tonnes.

UK pig prices - week ended 9 April 2016

13 April 2016

In week ended 9 April, the EU-spec SPP marginally increased, by 0.31p, to 112.86p/kg, making up the loss recorded a week earlier.

UK exports increase again in February

13 April 2016

UK exports of fresh and frozen pork increased once again in February, to 17,800 tonnes.

Feed market update - 13 April 2016

13 April 2016

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

Mercosur trade offer could open up EU pork market

13 April 2016

Reports circulating around the EU over the last week suggest that EU negotiators are preparing to offer some South American countries import quotas for selected agricultural products.

EU prices increasing again

11 April 2016

Pig prices in the EU have begun to increase again, following a slight backwards movement around the end of February, with most Member States showing a similar pattern.

Future pig prices – what does the past tell us?

11 April 2016

New analysis from AHDB Market Intelligence sheds some light on what historical trends can tell us about current and future prices.

Producer share of retail price levels in March

08 April 2016

Having fallen markedly over recent months, the share of the retail pork price received by producers was fractionally higher in March.

UK pig prices - week ended 2 April 2016

06 April 2016

The EU-spec SPP fell modestly in the week ending 2 April 2016 by 0.26p to 112.55p/kg.

Feed market update - 6 April 2016

06 April 2016

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

Sterling hits near 18-month low against the euro

05 April 2016

With the EU referendum now announced to be taking place on 23 June, sterling has fallen against a number of currencies.

Little sign of Chinese market slowdown

05 April 2016

Latest reports from China suggest that pig prices remain high and there is little sign of demand for imported pork slowing down.

More pork sold in February

04 April 2016

In the 4 weeks to 28 February 2016, volume sales of fresh/frozen pork increased by 3% on the same period a year earlier, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Poland increases role in trade within EU

01 April 2016

Analysis of trade figures shows little change in the volume of pork traded between the 28 EU Member States in 2015.

April UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

31 March 2016

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

UK pig prices - week ended 26 March 2016

30 March 2016

The EU-spec SPP saw its second rise this year in the week ending 26 March, up 0.74p to 112.81p/kg.

US pig herd remains stable

30 March 2016

As at 1 March, the US pig herd was at 67.6 million head, a modest increase of 0.4% on the same point last year, according to the latest Hogs and Pigs report published by the USDA.

Little change in number of English pig abattoirs

30 March 2016

The long-term trend of declining number of abattoirs in England slaughtering pigs may be stabilising.

Feed market update - 30 March 2016

30 March 2016

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

EU live pig trade reduced in 2015

30 March 2016

Following the introduction of new Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) regulations in the EU in April 2015, there was a concern that the trade in live pigs between EU countries could be reduced. Indeed, it would seem that it has had an effect on the live trade between countries such as the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany.

March Pig Market Trends out now

30 March 2016

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

EU pig meat consumption rises in 2015

29 March 2016

The average person in the EU consumed 40.9kg of pig meat in 2015, the largest amount since 2011.

UK pig prices - week ended 19 March 2016

23 March 2016

The previous week’s small rise was reversed, as the EU-spec SPP fell 0.30p in week ended 19 March, to stand at 112.07p/kg.

Feed market update - 23 March 2016

23 March 2016

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

Germany and Spain lead EU exporters

22 March 2016

Traditionally, Denmark has been the leading EU exporter of pork to third country markets. However, in 2015 it was overtaken by both Germany and Spain.

Release of product from Private Storage starts soon

22 March 2016

The 90,000 tonnes of pig meat products which were accepted into the EU Commission’s Private Storage Aid (PSA) scheme in January will soon start to be released.

Strong start to 2016 for EU pork exports

21 March 2016

The strong performance of EU exporters in the final months of 2015 continued into January, with pork shipments up by more than a quarter compared with a year before, at 156,000 tonnes.

UK production growth continues

21 March 2016

Latest figures from Defra appear to show a 9% year-on-year rise in UK pork production in February. However, a change in methodology means that this growth is overstated and the increase was actually around 4%.

Moderate contraction in UK pig herd in December

18 March 2016

DEFRA figures from the 1 December 2015 pig survey show a moderate decline in the total UK pig herd.

UK PIG PRICES - WEEK ENDED 12 MARCH 2016

16 March 2016

The EU-spec SPP saw a modest increase of 0.25p to 112.37p/kg in the week ending 12 March.

UK pig meat exports higher while imports down in January

16 March 2016

UK exports of fresh and frozen pork increased by 17% in January to 16,900 tonnes compared to the same period a year earlier.

Feed market update - 16 March 2016

16 March 2016

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

New support measures for EU pig sector

15 March 2016

At Monday’s EU Agriculture Council meeting, ministers discussed the current difficulties faced in several agricultural sectors, including the pig meat sector. 

EU production fall still some way off

15 March 2016

Latest forecasts confirm that expectations of a recovery in the EU market in the short-term may be premature and 2016 looks likely to be another difficult year for EU producers.

EU pig prices record a slight fall

14 March 2016

Pig prices in the EU have fallen slightly over the past few weeks, following a short period of stability.

Small gain in GB sow productivity in 2015

11 March 2016

The productivity of the GB breeding pig herd improved again in 2015, according to latest figures from Agrosoft, but the gain was smaller than in most recent years.

Producer share of retail price continues to fall

10 March 2016

The share of the retail pork price received by producers fell again in February, despite already being at its lowest level in over a decade.

UK pig prices - week ended 5 March 2016

09 March 2016

The EU-spec SPP largely stood on for the second consecutive week, falling a very modest 0.05p to 112.12p/kg in the week ending 5 March 2016.

Feed market update - 9 March 2016

09 March 2016

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

Irish export growth could end in 2016

09 March 2016

Having grown for seven consecutive years, Irish pork exports reached 168,000 tonnes in 2015, 13% higher than the year before and more than double their level in 2009.

Retail pork market still challenging

09 March 2016

The difficulties which pork has experienced at retail level continued in the 12 weeks ending 31 January, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel data.

Global pig prices remain subdued in 2015

07 March 2016

Global pig prices have fallen steadily throughout 2015, following an exceptionally high year for prices in 2014.

English breeding herd largely stable in December

03 March 2016

DEFRA figures from the 1 December 2015 pig survey show a surprising decline in the total pig herd, with reported numbers falling 4% to 3.53 million head.

Cost of production falls but margins still negative

03 March 2016

The cost of pig production in GB fell by 4p/kg in the final quarter of 2015, to an estimated 135p/kg.

UK pig prices - week ended 27 February 2016

02 March 2016

The EU-spec SPP largely stood-on in the week ending 27 February 2016, falling by only -0.15p to 112.17p/kg the smallest week on week decline since mid-November when prices actually rose by a small amount.

Feed market update - 2 March 2016

02 March 2016

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

Tough times for the UK pig industry

02 March 2016

A report just issued by AHDB Pork has revealed the price producers are receiving for their pigs has fallen by a third in a little over two years and should this trend continue it is feared many will be forced to leave the industry. The report aims to provide an overview of the current state of the pig industry in the UK and a round-up of the state of the market.

Increases to the Northern Irish pig herd in 2015

01 March 2016

As at the 1 December 2015, the total pig herd in Northern Ireland increased by 7% on the previous year, to 533,400 head, according to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland.

Defra consultation on official statistics

01 March 2016

Defra has launched a consultation on a set of specific proposed changes to its official statistics.

Spanish exports see strong growth

29 February 2016

For 2015, exports of Spanish pork increased 17% on the year earlier to 1.23 million tonnes.

EU weaner price rises could mean tighter supplies

26 February 2016

Weaner prices across the EU have firmed significantly since early December, with the EU average reference price rising from below €32 per head to over €40 during that time.

Emerging Asian markets provide opportunities

26 February 2016

Read our analysis of opportunities in Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

March UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

26 February 2016

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

Feed market update - 24 February 2016

24 February 2016

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

UK pig prices - week ended 20 February 2016

24 February 2016

The EU-spec SPP fell slightly in the week ending 20 February 2016, by 0.57p to 112.32p/kg. 

EU pork exports up in 2015

22 February 2016

Total EU pork exports grew by 11% in 2015 versus a year earlier, to 1.74 million tonnes. This was despite the Russian ban, which has been in place since early 2014.

Fresh pork struggling to attract retail demand

22 February 2016

GB pig prices have been under pressure in recent years. In part, this is because of increasing supplies on the UK market, due to both higher domestic production and rising imports. However, as always, demand is also part of the equation.

Uncertainty in global markets could present opportunities

19 February 2016

A slowdown in growth in China, weak commodity prices, low bond yields, weak global trade and a fall in the oil price have combined to create uncertainty in global financial markets and increase volatility, with implications for the pork market.

Spanish growth limits EU herd decline

19 February 2016

As expected, the EU pig breeding herd declined during 2015, following the difficult financial conditions faced by producers during the year.

High weights, more sows add to pork production

19 February 2016

Pig meat production in the UK continued to outpace beef production in January, according to the latest DEFRA figures. Output increased by 4% compared with the same period last year, to 85,700 tonnes.

UK pig prices - week ended 13 February 2016

17 February 2016

The EU-spec SPP fell slightly in the week ending 13 February by 0.53p to 112.89 p/kg.

Feed market update - 17 February 2016

17 February 2016

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

Producer share of retail price hits new low

16 February 2016

The percentage of the retail pork price received by producers fell further in January, to below 32%.

Brexit and competitiveness in focus at Outlook 2016

16 February 2016

Challenges facing the pork sector haven’t been far from the headlines in recent weeks and the UK’s other livestock sectors have faced similar challenges over the last year. This was the backdrop to last week’s AHDB Outlook Conference.

UK pork imports decrease in December

12 February 2016

Imports of fresh and frozen pork to the UK slightly decreased in volume in December, by 1% on the previous year.

EU pig prices hold steady

12 February 2016

Pig prices in the EU have been largely stable over the last few weeks, after firming slightly at the start of the year.

Danish breeding herd starting to fall

11 February 2016

Provisional figures from the 1 January pig census show that the number of pigs in Denmark remained stable in 2015, ending the year at 12.7 million head.

UK pig prices - week ended 6 February 2016

10 February 2016

The EU-spec SPP fell 1.30p to 113.42p/kg in the week ending 6 February, as the industry sees the pig price decline for the 12th consecutive week.

Gammon leads the way for pig meat at Christmas

10 February 2016

Hard Discounters, led by Lidl, were the key winners during the Christmas period.

Limited growth in US & Canadian exports

10 February 2016

US pork exports in 2015 increased by 2% year on year to just over 1.5 million tonnes. Canadian pork exports recorded a slightly smaller increase of 1% year on year. 

Feed market update - 10 February 2016

10 February 2016

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

Mixed picture for Asian importers

10 February 2016

Overall imports of pork to key Asian countries (excluding China, which was reported last week) increased in 2015. Consumer demand remained firm, whilst domestic supplies could not output enough to service increasing demand.

Compound pig feed production 2% up on the year

10 February 2016

Total UK animal feed production for the first half of this crop season (July-December) increased by 0.4% compared to the same point last year, to 6.59Mt, according to the latest usage data released by Defra.

Outlook remains challenging for producers

09 February 2016

Supplies of pig meat on the UK market are likely to increase further in 2016, according to latest forecasts from AHDB Pork.

UK Pig Prices - week ended 30 January 2016

03 February 2016

Whilst the EU-spec SPP price fell once again last week, it was at the slowest rate seen since before Christmas (week ending 12 December 2015). The price fell by 0.45p to 114.72 p/kg in the week ending 30 January 2016.

Feed market update - 3 February 2016

03 February 2016

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

Pig farm incomes down sharply

03 February 2016

The average Farm Business Income (FBI) for specialist pig farms is set to fall in 2015/16 by 46% year on year, from £49,400 to £26,500, according to the latest forecasts from Defra.

EU sow prices steady

02 February 2016

Since the start of the year, EU sow prices have generally been stable.

AHDB gathers UK industry to tackle market volatility

29 January 2016

AHDB has embarked on an ambitious new initiative to tackle volatility in agricultural commodities markets.

Chinese imports continue to rise in 2015

29 January 2016

Chinese pork imports rose 38% in 2015, compared with 2014, totalling 778,000 tonnes.

Private Storage Aid suspended prior to closure

28 January 2016

The EU’s Private Storage Aid scheme for pig meat has been suspended as of 27 January, with the intention being to close the scheme. Some applications that were made before this date may be rejected.

February UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

28 January 2016

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

UK pig prices - week ended 23 January

27 January 2016

Last week proved once again to be a difficult one for the finished pig market, with further declines experienced in the EU-spec SPP. The EU-spec price for the week ending 23 January 2016 fell 2.52p to 115.17p/kg – its tenth consecutive week of decline.

Feed market update - 27 January 2016

27 January 2016

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

Stock market volatility could affect pork market

27 January 2016

The slowdown in China and the oil price decline have continued to cause unrest on global stock markets, with some indices, including the FTSE, seeing a 20% drop from 2015 peaks.

EU pig feed production forecast down for 2016

27 January 2016

In 2015, total EU compound animal feed production was slightly higher than 2014 at 156.1Mt (+0.2%), as an increase in poultry feed production outweighed a decrease in cattle feed, according to the EU feed manufacturers association (FEFAC).

January Pig Market Trends out now

27 January 2016

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

EU production up in October

25 January 2016

EU pig meat production continued to increase seasonally into October, topping 2 million tonnes for the first time this year.

EU capitalises on tightening of Chinese supplies

25 January 2016

Read our latest analysis of the Chinese pig market.

Danish industry adapting to new challenges

21 January 2016

Read our latest analysis of developments in the Danish pork industry.

UK PIG PRICES - WEEK ENDED 16 JANUARY 2016

20 January 2016

Last week was yet another difficult one for the finished pig market with marketings still yet to settle down so far this year and demand weakening.

FEED MARKET UPDATE - 20 JANUARY 2016

20 January 2016

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

New edition of MeatStats published

19 January 2016

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 third quarter of 2015.

Russia drives Brazilian export growth

19 January 2016

There was a strong growth in the volume of pork exported from Brazil during 2015 – up 13% on 2014.

EU pig price stabilising

18 January 2016

Following the peak experienced in September, EU pig prices fell for the 14 weeks to the end of the year and reached levels not seen since April 2005. However, it would appear that the price has started to stabilise over the past month at around €126 per 100kg.

Convenience is key

18 January 2016

With ever increasing pressure on time, as a nation we are spending less and less time in the kitchen preparing and cooking an evening meal.

Will 2016 be another year to forget for producers?

18 January 2016

In terms of price, 2015 was a year to forget for pig producers. A combination of factors throughout the year contributed to the steadily declining price. These include increased production, the pound-euro exchange rate, the gap between UK and EU prices and subdued consumer demand.

UK produced more pork than beef in 2015

15 January 2016

The UK produced more pig meat than beef in 2015 for the first time since 2003, according to latest figures from Defra.

UK pig prices - week ended 9 January 2016

14 January 2016

Despite some firming in the EU market last week, UK prices did not follow suit, with the EU spec SPP for week ending 9 January falling by nearly 3p week on week to 119.09p/kg.

Feed market update - 13 January 2016

13 January 2016

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

Producer share of retail price down in December

13 January 2016

Farmgate prices decreased once again in December, to the lowest level of the year. This fall, coupled with an increase in the average retail price compared with November led to the share of the retail price received by producers declining to just under 34%.

UK imported more pig meat in November

13 January 2016

Imports of fresh and frozen pork grew in volume in November, compared to the same period last year, by 13%, although the value over the same period dropped 4% to £55.8 million, highlighting the decreasing prices of pork in the EU.

International production costs report out now

11 January 2016

The 2014 edition of AHDB Pork's report on pig production costs in selected countries is out now.

EU Private Storage Aid scheme open

11 January 2016

The latest EU Private Storage Aid (PSA) scheme for pig meat opened on 4 January.

Global meat prices still falling

11 January 2016

Latest figures from the UN FAO show that global meat prices fell 2% in December, to end 2015 at their lowest point since early 2010.

AHDB Outlook Conference 2016

08 January 2016

Bookings remain open for the AHDB Outlook Conference on Tuesday 9 February. The conference will take place at One Great George Street, Westminster, London.

UK pig prices - week ended 2 January 2016

06 January 2016

In the week ended 2 January, the EU-Spec SPP fell by 1.49p compared to the previous week, to 121.97p/kg.

Feed market update - 6 Janaury 2016

06 January 2016

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

German pig numbers lowest since 2011

06 January 2016

Provisional figures from the November pig census show that the number of pigs in Germany had fallen 3% since last November to 27.5 million - the lowest level seen since 2011.

GB production costs still above average

06 January 2016

Despite still having above average production costs, Great Britain was one of only two major producing countries in the EU where, on average, pig producers made money in 2014.

US pig herd at record size

05 January 2016

As at 1 December, the US pig herd had increased to 68.3 million head, according to the latest Hogs and Pigs report published by the USDA.

Italian pork imports decrease

04 January 2016

Italy imported 757,200 tonnes of pork from January to September 2015, a decrease of 1% year on year, according to the latest data released by Istat.