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Russia’s domestic pork production continues to grow year-on-year

11 November 2019

The latest USDA forecasts suggest Russia’s domestic pork production is set to increase by 2.7% year-on-year in 2019, to finish at 3.24 million tonnes (cwe). Consumption is predicted to be slightly above this during 2019 at 3.31 million tonnes (cwe).

Danish pig herd stabilises

11 November 2019

Figures published by Statistics Denmark show that the Danish pig population as at 1 October decreased by over 3% on a year earlier, to 12.6 million pigs. While numbers continue to be lower than last year, the decline seems to have stabilised. Statistics Denmark also calculates a seasonally adjusted pig herd size. Relative to the June count, numbers are similar.

Pork imports down in Hong Kong

07 November 2019

At 472,700 tonnes, Hong Kong pig meat imports fell by 19% in January to September, compared with the same period in 2018.

Chinese pig prices continue to escalate in peak demand period

07 November 2019

Chinese pig prices have been at record-breaking levels since August. The upward trend has continued and by week ended 23 October, live pig prices were almost 37CNY/kg, over 400p/kg.

SPP back on upward track

06 November 2019

In the week ending 2 November, the EU-spec SPP rose, more than counteracting the slight decline of last week. All weight bands recorded price increases, ranging from just under half a penny to just over a penny.

Trade deals support Japanese pig meat imports

06 November 2019

Japan’s total pig meat imports (incl. offal) increased 3% in the year to September, to 918,000 tonnes. Import prices have been stable overall, and so the total value of these imports rose by 3%, to ¥457 billion.

EU sow market stable

06 November 2019

For most of this year, EU sow prices have been rising, but since the start of September, prices have remained quite stable. Nonetheless, over the past month, both Germany and the Netherlands have recorded the highest prices on records back to 2014.

ASF outbreak in South Korea’s Domestic Pig Herd

06 November 2019

African Swine Fever has now reached South Korea; it is unclear how much of an impact this will have on trade and production. 

Reductions in average farm business income across livestock sectors

05 November 2019

Defra has now released the most recent set of accounts for Farm Business Income in England. As an overview, livestock has seen a considerable decline in profitability across red meat and dairy. The report also outlines the large reliance on BPS payments for many farms. As well as a variety of economic factors, challenging weather conditions also contributed towards the general decline across livestock sectors.

Bumper grain crop leaves increased exportable surplus this season: Feed market update

31 October 2019

Grain prices have remained relatively steady in October as a stronger sterling pressured UK prices to remain competitive at a global level, due to the large need to export this season. Meanwhile, soyabean prices firmed on the back of weather led delays to both harvests in the US and new-crop sowing in Brazil. 

GB retail sales of red meat struggle on

31 October 2019

During the 12 weeks ending 6 October, GB retail sales of pig meat were down 3.8% in volume and 2% in value. Pig meat was not the only red meat to record declines, with sales of lamb down in volume, and beef volumes remaining stable.

Out of spec pigs weigh on the SPP

30 October 2019

In the week ending 26 October, the EU-spec SPP recorded a decline for the first time in seven weeks. Last week (week ending 19 October), pigs weighing ‘under 59.9kg’ and ‘100.0kg and over’ recorded strong price increases of 5.21p/kg and 2.71p/kg on the previous week respectively.

US pig meat exports capitalise on Chinese protein deficit

30 October 2019

So far this year, US exports of pork have remained fairly stable, at around 25,000 tonnes per week. 

African Swine Fever kept out of the domestic pig herd in Belgium

29 October 2019

African Swine Fever (ASF) has continued to be prevalent across Europe in 2019. Defra’s most recent outbreak assessment suggested that the domestic pig herd continued to be unaffected in most Western European nations, despite outbreaks of ASF in wild boar across Belgium. 

EU pig prices still rising, but UK continues to catch up

29 October 2019

In the four weeks ended 20 October, EU pig prices were something of a mixed bag, although on average continued to rise. While still behind, the gap between UK prices and EU prices continues to narrow.

Brazilian pork exports boosted to China but down overall

28 October 2019

Total Brazilian pig meat (excl offal) exports reached 183,900 tonnes in Q3 2019, dropping 3% (-6,400 tonnes) compared to Q3 2018. 

How might UK pork exports to the EU in a no deal situation, affect pig prices?

24 October 2019

The UK exports about 30% of its pig meat production, and typically about two-thirds of this goes to the EU*. Trade with the EU will face tariffs equivalent to over 30% ad valorem in the event of a No Deal Brexit, so this trade could be compromised. What might this mean for farmgate prices?

EU pig meat trade continues to perform

24 October 2019

EU pig meat exports (incl. offal) continued to perform well in August, as volumes grew 12% compared with the month last year, to total 324,000 tonnes.

Continued increase for GB finished pig prices

23 October 2019

  •          EU-spec SPP ↑ 1.15p to 156.92p/kg (w/e 19 Oct)
  •          Estimated slaughter ↑ 700 head to 176,000 head (w/e 19 Oct)
  •          EU-spec APP ↑ 0.72p to 158.06p/kg (w/e 12 Oct)

Dutch pig meat exports increase in first half of 2019

23 October 2019

During the first two quarters of 2019, Dutch fresh/frozen pork exports were well above the previous year.

Danish pork exports lower despite Chinese growth

23 October 2019

Danish fresh/frozen pork exports in the first half of this year totalled 489,600 tonnes, down 13% from a year earlier.

Global pork production expected to drop 10% in 2020

23 October 2019

Global pork production in 2020 is forecast to fall by 10% on the year, to 95.2 million tonnes, according to the latest outlook from the USDA. If realised, this will be the lowest level since 2007.

EU short-term outlook: China’s demand for pork boosts EU exports

17 October 2019

The latest European commission short-term outlook report expects that EU pork exports will continue to rise. This reflects increasing Asian demand due to African swine fever (ASF). The outlook also suggests EU pig meat consumption per capita is set to decrease by 2% (0.5 kg) during 2019.

UK pork exports continue to perform strongly August

17 October 2019

The UK’s pork export market has performed well for another month. In August, shipments of fresh/frozen pork were up 17% on the year, at 21,300 tonnes. 

GB finished pig prices keep moving up

16 October 2019

  • EU-spec SPP ↑ 0.45p to 155.77p/kg (w/e 12 Oct)
  • Estimated slaughter to 175,300 head (w/e 12 Oct)
  • EU-spec APP ↑ 0.97p to 157.34p/kg (w/e 5 Oct)

EU pig meat production in July steady year on year

16 October 2019

EU pig meat production was stable in July compared to the previous year, at just over 1.9 million tonnes, according to the latest Eurostat figures.

Pig meat sales continue to decline

15 October 2019

GB retail sales of pig meat products continue to have a tough time. Total sales declined almost 4% in volume and 2% in value during the 12 week period ending 9 September, according to Kantar data.

Pig meat production up again in September

10 October 2019

September figures published by Defra show a 5% annual increase in clean pig slaughter, reaching 887,100 head. Note that this increase is probably influenced by an extra working day in September this year.

Surprising results in UK June pig survey

10 October 2019

Provisional UK figures from the June survey indicate stability in the overall breeding herd (including boars and maiden gilts), at 504,000 head. This is unexpected, given the sharp rise in Scottish breeding pigs, which is backed up by industry reports.

Pig prices jump up on previous week

09 October 2019

  • EU-spec SPP ↑1.11p to 155.32p/kg (w/e 5 October)
  • Estimated slaughter ↑3,200 to 184,000 head (w/e 5 October)
  • EU-spec APP ↑0.26p to 156.37p/kg (w/e 28 September)

EU weaner prices unusually stable

09 October 2019

The EU 30kg weaner price hovered around €52/head during September. Although a decline of around €7 from the peak in June, this is a little higher than prices achieved in mid-August.

Scottish breeding herd expanding

09 October 2019

The number of Scottish breeding pigs was 19% higher at 1 June, compared with a year earlier, according to data published by Scottish Government.

US to impose higher tariffs on EU pig meat products

07 October 2019

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) have announced that the United States would be allowed to apply up to $7.5 billion of retaliatory tariffs a year on products imported from the EU. This is as a result of the Airbus-Boeing dispute.

SPP continues to creep up

02 October 2019

  • EU-spec SPP ↑ 0.46p to 154.21p/kg (w/e 28 September)
  • Estimated slaughter ↓ to 180,900 head (w/e 28 September)
  • EU-spec APP ↑ 0.65p to 156.11p/kg (w/e 21 September)

US pig herd’s relentless expansion continues

01 October 2019

As at 1 September, the US pig herd stood at 77.7 million head, according to the latest quarterly report from the USDA. This was 3% higher than both September 2018 and June this year. Slaughter and breeding pig numbers both echoed this year-on-year growth totalling 71.2 million head (+4%) and 6.43 million head (+2%) respectively.

EU pig herd still contracting despite rising returns

30 September 2019

Figures from May/June agricultural surveys show a decline in the pig herd across the major EU producing nations. The total pig herd in the EU member states carrying out a survey* decreased by 2% year-on-year, to 137.3 million head. This was the lowest level since 2016.

EU pig prices still rising, but UK closes gap

30 September 2019

In the four weeks ended 22 September, EU pig prices continued to rise overall. Although, performances differed between countries somewhat.

Fresh/frozen pork continues to dominate Italian imports

30 September 2019

Pig meat production in Italy reached 759,000 tonnes during the first half of 2019, a decrease of 1% (-7,000 tonnes) year on year.

Defra records stability in the English pig breeding herd

26 September 2019

The latest June Agricultural Survey figures published by Defra recorded stability in the English female pig breeding herd, at 327,000 head.

Feeding herd performance improving

25 September 2019

According to the latest Agrosoft figures, performance in the feeding herd has improved over the past year.

Large domestic supply of cereals weighs on grain prices

25 September 2019

Read our latest commentary on the cereals and oilseeds markets

SPP moves up again but weaner prices drop

25 September 2019

  • EU-spec SPP ↑0.68p to 153.75p/kg (w/e 21 September)
  • Estimated slaughter ↓to 182,000 head (w/e 21 September)
  • EU-spec APP ↑0.14p to 155.46p/kg (w/e 14 September)

No Deal sow prices could still be higher than early this year

25 September 2019

In March, we produced a report examining the effect of a No Deal Brexit on cull sow prices and pig farm profitability. Sow prices are at risk under this scenario, as sows carcases are typically exported to the EU due to a lack of UK demand. This trade would face tariffs if we leave without a deal.

Outdoor breeders driving productivity growth

25 September 2019

The latest physical performance data from Agrosoft shows an improvement in the overall GB breeding herd performance.

Lack of summer weather fails to sizzle pork sales

19 September 2019

With over 70% of UK produced pig meat consumed in the UK, changes in the home retail market are key for the domestic pig sector. Overall GB retail sales of pig meat declined in the latest retail update, in contrast to beef and lamb.

Producers break even in Q2

19 September 2019

Pig production costs in the second quarter to this year have improved, according to our latest estimates

SPP creeps up, only marginally

18 September 2019

  • EU-spec SPP ↑0.17 to 153.07p/kg (w/e 14 September)
  • Estimated slaughter ↑to 188,000 head (w/e 14 September)
  • EU-spec APP ↓0.03 to 155.32p/kg (w/e 7 September)

UK pork exports continue to grow for another month

18 September 2019

UK exports of pig meat (including offal) continued to grow in July, with an 11% increase year on year compared to 2018. This is the highest volume of July pork exports since 2016. The total value of the trade rose 19%, to £46.9 million.

Canada and the EU: CETA – two years on

18 September 2019

It is almost two years since Canada and the EU signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Shrinking breeding herd limits Irish production and exports

17 September 2019

As at 1 June, the Irish pig herd stood at 1.61 million head, marginally below (-0.4%) the same point at last year, according to the Central Statistics Office.

Growing demand drives up Mexican pork production

12 September 2019

In the first half of this year, Mexican pork production was 6% higher compared to the same period last year. However, this growth is expected to drop off in the second half of the year. 

Pig meat supplies stable in August

12 September 2019

Defra slaughter figures for August show a 1% decrease in clean pig slaughter compared with a year earlier, totalling 938,500 head. However, one fewer weekday in the month this year may have influenced this decline.

EU pig meat production down in the first half of 2019

12 September 2019

Pig meat production in the EU fell once again in June, by 5% compared to the previous year, to total 1.8 million tonnes. The number of pigs slaughtered in June also fell, by 6% to total 19.3 million head. 

SPP gives back last week’s gains

11 September 2019

The EU-spec SPP fell 0.43p in the latest week ended 7 September, to average 152.90p/kg. This followed the price increase last week. The price remains nearly 5p above the price at the same time last year.

Global food prices slipping, but meat prices rise

11 September 2019

In August, the FAO Food Price Index declined for the third consecutive month, down 1% month-on-month. The drop was mainly the result of falling sugar and important cereals prices. Despite this, the index continues to trend above year-earlier levels.

Spanish pork exports catch up with rising production

05 September 2019

Earlier this year, we reported how Spanish pork export growth was lagging behind rising production. In the second quarter, it seems exports caught up, with the market now balanced similarly to last year.

SPP back up on the week

04 September 2019

The EU-spec SPP climbed 0.38p in the latest week ended 31 August, to average 153.33p/kg.

German pork supply and demand both falling

04 September 2019

The latest half-year figures from Eurostat record a 4% (-99,000 tonnes) year-on-year decline in German pork production, totalling 2.58 million tonnes. Both domestic consumption and export volumes have also been falling.

Escalating global pork demand clear in global export prices

04 September 2019

During the second quarter of this year, pork prices in many parts of the world rose rapidly. This is reflected in export prices from the world’s four main pork exporters, the EU, US, Canada and Brazil.

Canadian pig herd shows signs of recovery after disease outbreak

04 September 2019

The total number of pigs in Canada is relatively stable compared to last year, according to Statistics Canada. 

Chinese trade lull dampens EU export growth

29 August 2019

EU exports of pig meat (including offal) totalled 305,300 tonnes in June. While this is still up by 10% on the year, it is considerably less than the annual growth seen in April and May.

Grain prices pressured by prospects of a large crop: Feed market update

29 August 2019

The UK harvest was well underway throughout August and the outlook for a large cereal harvest has been confirmed, resulting in declining grain prices. Meanwhile, European oilseed rape production is expected to be the lowest since 2006/07. Prospects of tighter supplies, along with some currency support has driven up UK oilseed rape prices.

Pig prices slip slightly

28 August 2019

The EU-spec SPP faltered a little in the latest week (24 August), falling 0.1p to average 152.95p/kg.

Chinese pig prices reach record highs

28 August 2019

Chinese live pig prices have continued to move up this month, reaching a record high of ¥20.92/kg (£2.46/kg) in the week ended 15 August. The price has gained around ¥2 (+13%) since the start of August alone.

Low production adds support to EU pig prices

28 August 2019

In the week ended 18 August, EU pig prices continued to rise to a multi-year high at €180.06/100kg. This was €7 higher than at the beginning of August.

EU pig meat production in May down year on year

22 August 2019

EU pig meat production fell by 4% in May compared to the previous year, to just over 1.9 million tonnes, according to the latest Eurostat figures. Slaughter was also down 4% on the month last year, to 21.0 million head, indicating broadly stable carcase weights.

Canadian pork banned from China seeks new home

22 August 2019

Canadian pork exports in the first half of the year moved up slightly (+1%) to 495,200 tonnes. Rising global pork prices meant the value of the trade totalled C$1.72 billion, up 9% on a year earlier.

Less pork available for French consumption

22 August 2019

In the first half of the year, French pork production was similar to last year, at 1.1 million tonnes. However, increasing exports and lower import levels mean supplies on the domestic market have declined.

SPP stands on for another week

21 August 2019

  • EU-spec SPP ↑0.04 to 153.05p/kg (w/e 17 August)
  • EU-spec APP ↑0.46 to 155.67p/kg (w/e 10 August)
  • Estimated slaughter → at 168.6 thousand head

Highest June pork exports since 2016

21 August 2019

The UK’s pork export market performed well again in June.

Brexit – a no deal pork summary

20 August 2019

Recent AHDB analysis concerning a no deal situation has renewed relevance as the UK draws closer to another Brexit deadline. Previously published material covering the possible implications of leaving without a deal can be found below.

UK pork production up 5% in July

15 August 2019

In July, UK clean pig slaughter reached 909,100 head, 3% more than the same month in the previous year. 

Russia returns to a net importer position

15 August 2019

Russia has returned to being a net importer of pig meat. In the year to May, imports of pig meat (including offal) increased by over 50% on the year, to 63,600 tonnes.

Slight increase for the SPP

14 August 2019

GB finished pig prices continued to show little movement in the week ended 10 August, with the EU-spec SPP reaching 153.01p/kg.

Retail sales of summer staples decline

14 August 2019

Overall GB pig meat* sales volumes fell almost 5% year-on-year in the 12 weeks ending 14 July, according to the latest Kantar data. The drop in value was slightly larger, due to a small decline in average retail prices.

Danish pig herd contraction slows

13 August 2019

According to the latest figures published by Statistics Denmark, the Danish pig population at the start of the third quarter had decreased by 2.5% on a year earlier, to 12.6 million pigs.

Pork production gains outstrip export developments in the US

13 August 2019

In the first half of the year, US pork exports decreased by 2% compared with the same period in 2018. The decline comes despite 3% growth in slaughter, on the back of an expanding breeding herd.

Japanese pork imports rise

08 August 2019

Japan’s total pig meat imports (inc offal) were up just under 1% year-on-year in the first half of 2019, at 602,700 tonnes. A slight decline in average prices meant the total value of these imports remained stable at ¥298.5 billion

Dwindling discounts for heavy pigs in recent years

08 August 2019

A few weeks ago, we looked at the factors behind changes in the SPP. The Standard Pig Price is a weighted average of a sample of standard pigs slaughtered in the week, and reported to AHDB. These pigs can be further categorised into carcase weight bands. Each of these bands tends to be at a slightly different price level.

FAO meat price index up for sixth consecutive month

08 August 2019

The latest figures from the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) show that meat prices have risen for the sixth consecutive month. The FAO’s meat price index reached 176.2 in July, 10% above January but still 17% below the record high from August 2014.

Pig prices pause movement for the week

07 August 2019

The EU-spec SPP showed very little movement in the week ending 3 August, gaining just 0.01p to average 152.80p/kg.

Q2 pig feed production up 1%, driven up by breeding feed

07 August 2019

GB pig feed production in the second quarter of this year reached 456,000 tonnes, according to our latest data.  

Sow prices rally across Europe

07 August 2019

After a steady start to the year, EU sow prices have risen significantly since the beginning of March. This reflects trends in the finished pig market. Both real and anticipated increases in Chinese import demand have been offering market support. Meanwhile, supplies of pig meat have tightened in Northern Europe in particular.

Feed Report- July

31 July 2019

Read our latest commentary of the cereals and oilseeds markets.

Pig prices remain stable

31 July 2019

The EU-spec SPP remained relatively stable in the week ended 27 July, gaining just 0.29p to average 152.79p/kg.

Pig meat outlook review - July

31 July 2019

It’s three months since publishing the April Outlook for the UK pork sector, and so we’ve reviewed that forecast, along with trends and an outlook for farm inputs.

Falling prices in the EU

31 July 2019

In the four weeks ending 21 July, the EU pig reference price declined by €3.89 to €174.27/100kg (£156.69/100kg). This is the lowest price since the mid-May.

Chinese pig prices moving up- a second wind in import growth expected

31 July 2019

Chinese pig prices have returned to an upward trend since June.

Exports to China boost EU pork exports by almost a third

25 July 2019

At 218,000 tonnes, EU exports of fresh and frozen pork were up 31% in volume and 40% in value in May 2019, compared to the previous year. The market was worth €548.9 million.  Offal exports for May were up by 19% to 112,000 tonnes, with a 46% increase in value to €149.4 million. This continues trends seen for most of the year so far.

Heavier carcase weights- what’s the cost?

25 July 2019

Clean pig carcase weights have been higher this year. In quarter one, weights in the APP sample averaged 85.11kg, compared to 83.69kg a year ago. How has this been achieved, and what was the cost?

ASF finally catching up with Poland’s pork production

25 July 2019

Polish pork production fell by 1% in the first four months of 2019, compared to the same period last year, totalling 702,400 tonnes. This contrasts with the upward trend that had been in place since 2014.

Pig prices still moving up, just

24 July 2019

  •          EU-Spec SPP ↑ 0.30p to 152.50p/kg (w/e 20 July)
  •          EU-Spec APP ↑0.66p to 154.93p/kg (w/e 13 July)
  •          Estimated slaughter  5% to 179.1k head (w/e 20 July)

Lower pork imports into South Korea

24 July 2019

At 287,800 tonnes, South Korean pork imports dropped by 2% in the first half of this year, compared with 2018.

Spain supports EU pig slaughter

18 July 2019

EU pig meat production rose 2% in April compared to the previous year, to just under 2 million tonnes.

Pig prices continue to rise

17 July 2019

In the week ended 13 July the EU-spec SPP rose 0.56p to average the week on 152.20p/kg.

Shoppers aren’t bringing home the bacon

17 July 2019

Overall GB pig meat* retail sales were 3% down year-on-year in the 12 weeks ending 16 June, according to Kantar data. Lower prices meant market value declined further, by 5%.

Highest May pork exports on record for the UK

17 July 2019

The UK’s pork export market performed strongly in May.

Brazilian pork production expands to meet growing demand

16 July 2019

Brazilian pork production has continued to grow this year. During the first quarter of this year, production was just shy of 1 million tonnes, 4% more than last year, according to IBGE. The growth has been driven by increasing global prices and stronger domestic demand.

OECD-FAO Outlook: Meat prices to decline in real terms

16 July 2019

In real terms, meat pieces are projected to decline over the next decade, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook.

UK pork production flat in June

11 July 2019

At 823,800 head, UK clean pig slaughter in June was around 1% lower than the same month in 2018. However, as there was one fewer weekday in the month this year, the rate of slaughter is likely to have been higher.

SPP continues upward momentum

10 July 2019

In the week ended 6 July, the EU-Spec SPP continued its upward trend, gaining 0.78p to average the week on 151.64p/kg.

EU signs trade agreement with Vietnam

10 July 2019

On 30 June, the EU signed a trade agreement with Vietnam. This comes just two days after the EU closed the deal on the Mercosur agreement. 

Optimistic outlook apparent in EU weaner market

09 July 2019

EU weaner prices have risen sharply this year.

EU pork exports forecast to grow during 2019 and 2020

09 July 2019

Uncertainty surrounding Brexit continues to bring difficulty to outlooks, with the EU short-term outlook from the European Commission no different

Food price index stabilises

08 July 2019

The FAO food price index remained fairly stable in June, compared to both the previous month and the previous year. This comes after five consecutive months of rising prices.

What moves the SPP?

08 July 2019

EU pig prices have been rallying strongly since the end of March, apparently leaving the British Standard Pig Price (SPP) lagging behind. But given that so many GB contracts reference the SPP anyway, what causes it to move at all?

GB sow performance picks back up

04 July 2019

The latest physical performance data* shows the productivity of the GB sow herd improved in the 12 months to March 2019, compared to the overall 2018 average. Pigs weaned per sow returned to an average of 25.9, indicating herd performance early this year was better than early last year.

German herd continues to contract, for now

04 July 2019

The overall number of pigs in Germany fell between May 2018 and 2019 by 3.7% to 25.9 million head.

Pig prices pick up further

03 July 2019

In the week ended 29 June, the EU-spec SPP gained 1.10p to reach 150.86p/kg. This price is now actually half a penny higher than year earlier levels. Nonetheless, in contrast to much of mainland Europe, prices remain well below this time in 2017.

Lower prices failing to stimulate pork sales

03 July 2019

The value of pig meat* retail sales was down 5% in the year-on-year in the 12 weeks ending 19 May, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. Prices were on average 2% lower than last year, but the volume sold still fell by nearly 3%.

Tight supplies support EU pig price momentum

03 July 2019

In the week ended 16 June, EU pig prices reached the highest point since October 2013, at €178.15/100kg. This was nearly €3 higher than the start of the month. However, in the subsequent week, prices eased slightly.

Improved sow productivity produces largest US Q2 pig crop in nearly 50 years

02 July 2019

The US pig population has continued its expansion. As at 1 June, the US pig herd stood at 75.5 million head, 4% more than the same point last year and 1% higher than the previous quarter, according to the latest figures from the USDA.  This is the largest June pig inventory since the records began in 1964.

Pig producers faced largest losses since 2012 in Q1

27 June 2019

Due to falling pig prices, producer margins worsened in the first quarter of this year. The latest AHDB estimates suggest that, on average, producers were losing £11 per pig sold (-13p/kg). This is the most significant loss-making period since Q3 2012.

Wet US weather continues to drive feed grain markets: Feed report

27 June 2019

Feed grain markets have diverged since late May. US weather remained the main driver of global grain prices this month. The wet US weather has caused delays to corn planting and concerns around wheat conditions. Meanwhile, protein markets moved up over the reporting period.

SPP moves up once again

26 June 2019

  •          EU-Spec SPP ↑ 0.81p to 149.76p/kg (w/e 22 June)
  •          EU-Spec APP ↑ 0.92p to 151.58p/kg (w/e 15 June)
  •          Estimated slaughter ↓ 4% to 160.2k head (w/e 22 June)

Italy imports less pork

26 June 2019

Italian pork imports fell by 5% between January and March, compared with a year earlier, to 250,700 tonnes. Italy is the EU’s largest net importer of pork.

First quarter figures show higher Dutch pork exports

26 June 2019

Dutch fresh/frozen pork exports in the first quarter of this year rose by 16% on a year earlier. At 241,400 tonnes, volumes were also above the period in 2017.

US trade dampened by ongoing trade tensions, but industry remains hopeful

20 June 2019

The impacts of trade tensions between the United States and other countries have been felt through markets for over a year. Recent developments in relations over the last couple of weeks may change trade flows over the coming months.

Danish pork exports drop off in first quarter

20 June 2019

Danish pig meat exports (including offal) in the first quarter of 2019 declined by 8% to 337,000 tonnes. Declines have come from fresh pork and offal exports. Exports to Germany, Denmark’s top market, have recorded a 22% decline during the period.

SPP continues upwards trajectory

19 June 2019

The EU- spec SPP continued its upwards trajectory for the 10th week in a row in the week ended 15 June, increasing 1.10p to an average of 148.95p/kg, the highest price seen since August last year. Though demand is reported as reasonably slow, the price is being supported by tighter supplies attributed to poorly performing animals.

EU exports continue to rise in April

19 June 2019

EU exports of fresh and frozen pork grew substantially in April, underpinned by increasing Chinese import demand. According to data from Eurostat, in April, the EU exported 219,000 tonnes of pork, 30% more than in the same month last year. Exports to China grew by 90%, to 98,000 tonnes.

UK pig meat exports pick up in April

19 June 2019

UK exports of pig meat (excl. offal) increased by 14% (+2,700 tonnes) year on year in April 2019. Increased shipments have primarily gone to China and the Netherlands. China has taken more frozen pork while the Netherlands has increased fresh pork shipments.

EU pig meat production stalls in March

18 June 2019

EU pig meat production has had a bit of sluggish start to the year. Production in February increased by 2.5% on last year. However, a 4.3% drop in March dampened this growth, according to the latest figures from Eurostat. As a result, production for the first quarter of this year was down by 0.7% (-42,400 tonnes) at 6.14 million tonnes.

Pig meat production increases in May

13 June 2019

UK pig meat production grew 3.7% in May to total 80,100 tonnes. Production has been driven by an increase in clean pig slaughter and heavier carcase weights compared to a year earlier.

African Swine Fever and the impact on dairy markets

13 June 2019

As the world’s largest pork producer China accounts for around 50% of pork production globally. The current African Swine Fever epidemic is expected to reduce China’s pork production by 25-35% according to Rabobank, resulting in increased demand for other animal proteins but decreased demand for feedstuffs.

SPP continues upwards

12 June 2019

The EU-spec SPP maintained momentum in the week ending 8 June, increasing 1.38p to average 147.85p/kg. This is the 9th consecutive week of price rises.

EU pig meat demand falling

12 June 2019

Consumer demand for pig meat in the EU has faltered in recent years. Demand for red meat in general seems to be slowing, but pig meat has particularly suffered. Data so far for 2019, from key countries including Germany, France and Italy, further confirms this trend.

EU market outlook: 2019

12 June 2019

The EU commission hosts a working group on pig meat. Forecasts from Member State experts are used to produce a slaughter and pig price outlook for the EU overall. This year, slaughter is expected to decline slightly, while pig prices rise significantly.

All protein markets expected to respond to ASF

12 June 2019

The last time China needed to import large quantities of protein was in 2016, in response to its sow shortage. At that time, understandably, the protein shortage was met with imports of pig meat. In 2019, African Swine Fever (ASF) is expected to increase the demand for imported protein again.

Flat Irish pig meat exports, despite rising production

06 June 2019

In the first quarter of 2019, Ireland exported 69,600 tonnes of pig meat and offal, mostly unchanged from 2018.  The value of these exports was up 4% to €202.7 million euros, reflecting a move towards exporting higher value hams.

An update to new crop maize

06 June 2019

Maize usage in compound and IPU feed production increased by 82.9% in the season to Apr-19: The latest feed usage statistics show a decrease of 0.7% in pig feed production in the season to date.

SPP gains more pace

05 June 2019

The EU-spec SPP has picked up the pace a little again and continued to rise in the week ending 1 June.

Increasing Spanish pork production outstrips export growth

03 June 2019

In the first quarter of this year, Spanish fresh/frozen pork exports increased by 1% (+4,200 tonnes) year-on-year to 422,900 tonnes.

EU prices still strengthening, despite cautious reports

03 June 2019

EU pig prices continued to strengthen in May, reaching €174.21/100kg in the week ending 26 May.

Lower production limits German pork exports

30 May 2019

Total pig meat production in Germany fell by 4% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, to total 1.3 million tonnes.

SPP keeps climbing up

29 May 2019

The EU spec SPP has continued to creep upwards in the week ending 25 May.

Global growth in poultry demand strengthened by ASF

29 May 2019

African Swine Fever (ASF) in China is expected to increase demand for other proteins besides pork, including poultry. With recent forecasts suggesting Chinese pork production could fall by over 10 million tonnes, other proteins will be needed to fill the supply gap.

How is China influencing global pig prices?

29 May 2019

Pig prices in both Europe and the US started to climb sharply in March, following a reported 20% drop in Chinese sow numbers as African Swine Fever takes hold. However, the market reaction has slowed in recent weeks.

China dominates the EU export market

29 May 2019

At 218,900 tonnes, the latest EU trade figures report a 15% year-on-year increase in pork exports in March, a considerable improvement from the 6% increase in the previous month.

Feed Report- May

29 May 2019

Read our latest commentary on the cereals and oilseeds markets.

French pig meat exports pick up in first quarter

23 May 2019

In the first quarter of the year French pig meat exports (including offal) totalled 169,200 tonnes, 3% higher than the same period in 2018. This contrasts with the second half of last year, when exports were falling sharply.

Q1 pig feed production update

23 May 2019

Our latest feed production data shows:

  • Production of grower feed has increased by 88,900 tonnes on the year
  • Production of finishing feed has seen a 3% drop on the year
  • Production of breeding feed increased by 5% on the year during Q1

FAO forecasts a drop in global pork production

23 May 2019

The latest FAO Food Outlook has been published, outlining updated production forecasts for the global meat industry for 2019. The report details global trade market outlooks for the year particularly in the face of African Swine Fever.

US pork exports struggle as Canada makes headway

23 May 2019

US pork trade has been struggling over the last few months. Various tariffs imposed on US agricultural products have been limiting export volumes in the first quarter of 2019. Meanwhile Canada has been making the most of increased demand in China.

SPP up 1.51p but still below last year's prices

22 May 2019

In the week ended 18 May the EU-spec SPP rose 1.51p to average 144.45p/kg during the week.

African Swine Fever is widespread in Vietnam

20 May 2019

The latest report from the OIE, confirms over 2000 new cases of ASF, affecting more than 1.3 million domestic pigs.

Pork production increases in April

16 May 2019

Clean pig slaughter in April was up by 1%, to 888,700 head, according to Defra data released this morning (Thursday 16th May). This keeps pig slaughter for the year roughly in line with the same period of 2018.

Danish pig herd declines in April census

16 May 2019

The Danish pig herd fell by 4.4% to total 12.2 million head as at 1 April, compared with the same period last year according to Statistic Denmark. The figures show a reduction of 3.8% in the size of the pig herd since January.

Fresh pork hogs the limelight in Q1

15 May 2019

Sales of pork in the 12 weeks ending 21 April:

  •          Volumes of fresh & frozen pork increased by 4.7%
  •          Household penetration of shoulder roasting joints increased by 21%
  •          Total pig meat* sales down on the year

SPP lifts on tighter supply

15 May 2019

In the week ended 11 May the EU-spec SPP rose 1.26p to average the week on 142.94p/kg. Increasing demand in Europe continues to feed through to UK prices.

Challenging start to the year knocks Japanese imports back

14 May 2019

Japanese imports of pig meat this year have fallen considerably. In the year-to-March, imports of pig meat (including offal) totalled 269,000 tonnes, 6% less (16,000 tonnes) less than last year.

SPP continues to gain traction

08 May 2019

The EU-spec SPP continued to gain momentum in the week ended 4 May. A rise of 1.84p means the price for the week averaged 141.68p/kg. This is largest weekly rise the SPP has recorded since August 2016.

South Korean pork imports stable in the first quarter of 2019

08 May 2019

South Korean imports of fresh and frozen pork were relatively stable on the year in the first quarter of 2019. Total imports fell by just 0.5% to 146,200 tonnes from January to March compared to the year before. This follows a year of surging domestic demand for pork, as imports rose by nearly 17% in 2018 from the year before.

Russia increases production, reducing reliance on imports

08 May 2019

Since 2014, Russia has reduced reliance on pork imports, with bans on all EU pork products implemented in August 2014. A number of other western countries have also had embargos placed on their products. Russia hasn’t sought to replace these products, instead increasing domestic production.

EU pig prices continue upwards

08 May 2019

During April, EU pig prices continued to track upwards, with the reference price gaining almost €20 over the past four weeks. During the week ending 28 April, the reference price stood at €169.53/100kg, according to European Commission data. This is €27 higher than a year ago.

Feed grain report 11 March – 12 April

02 May 2019

UK delivered feed wheat prices rose slightly across the month as sterling levelled out on its February gains. UK barley prices reached a market floor as Brexit uncertainty contributed to a reduced demand.

China: Trade war outweighing ASF impact?

02 May 2019

Despite widespread reports that Chinese pork production is lower in the first months of the year, increased import demand for pork that was anticipated has not materialised in the data for the first quarter of 2019. Although on-going problems with African Swine Fever (ASF) are well known, reported pig meat imports declined in the first quarter, driven by lower offal imports.

SPP finally seems to turn a corner

01 May 2019

The EU-spec SPP for the week ended 27 April reached 139.84p/kg up 1.17p on the previous week. This represents the largest increase in a week since June last year and the highest price since the week ended 5 January 2019.

EU pig meat production starts 2019 with a whimper

01 May 2019

EU pig slaughter for January fell a little compared to January 2018, according to data from Eurostat. This followed a 4.5% decline in December, although total throughput in 2018 as a whole was 1.8% higher year-on-year. Pig meat production was flat at 2.2 million tonnes in January.

AHDB’s UK pig meat market outlook – April 2019

01 May 2019

UK pork production is forecast to grow this year and next, as are pig meat exports. Imports may be lower, as EU supplies are expected to remain tight. For more details on the sector’s improving prospects, read the latest production forecast released this week.

SPP just edging upward

24 April 2019

The EU-spec SPP for the week ended 20 April reached 138.67p/kg, a small increase (0.36p) on the previous week. Since the start of March, the SPP has risen by 1.24p.

There remain signs of an imminent uplift in demand, with a sharp rise in EU prices making this product less competitive on the UK market. Demand from China is also reportedly strong. However, the SPP remains 6.60p below year earlier levels at the moment.

Higher pig meat imports continue in February

24 April 2019

UK pork trade in February was more subdued than January. Imports were still higher year on year but export volumes were lower, despite a higher value. This is perhaps indicative of stockpiling efforts by processors preparing for the original Brexit date at the end of March.

New scenarios modelling: Pig farms could suffer post-Brexit

24 April 2019

AHDB has released a second set of scenarios, identifying the possible impacts of Brexit on the farm incomes in 2022.

The report models two scenarios: a free trade agreement between the UK and Europe (UK-EU FTA) and a “no-deal” Brexit where the UK trades with the EU under WTO rules (WTO: UK tariffs), applying its own import tariffs.

Brazil pork trade pivots back to Russia

24 April 2019

Brazilian exports of pig meat in the first quarter of 2019 were much the same as 2018 levels, totalling 160,000 tonnes. However, after having a ban on exports to Russia lifted, Brazilian exporters have shifted from their two largest markets (China and Hong Kong) to resume trade with Russia.

EU pork shipments up so far in 2019

24 April 2019

EU exports of fresh and frozen pork during January and February 2019 totalled 394,400 tonnes, up 8% year-on-year. This is according to the latest Eurostat figures.

Worsening forecasts for China’s ASF outbreaks

23 April 2019

Over the past few weeks, the serious effects of African Swine Fever in China have become clear.

Little change anticipated in EU production

23 April 2019

In its latest Short Term Outlook, the EU Commission forecasts there will be little change in EU pig meat production in 2019.

GB breeding herd productivity declines

18 April 2019

The latest physical performance data, provided to AHDB by Agrosoft, shows that GB breeding herd productivity declined in 2018. This is the first year performance has not improved since 2010.

Pig prices back on the rise

17 April 2019

After two consecutive weeks of decline in the EU-spec SPP, the measure has gained over half a penny in the most recent week. In the week ending 13 April, the measure firmed by 0.64p to average 138.31p/kg. It is possible that the strong demand for EU pork from China due to the ongoing epidemic of African Swine Fever has finally lent support to prices.

Dutch pork exports flat despite rising production

17 April 2019

In 2018, the Netherlands exported 902,100 tonnes of fresh/frozen pork, barely changing from 2017. This was despite higher Dutch production; provisional data from Eurostat shows an 8% (+112,500 tonnes) increase in 2018. Exports are crucial for the Dutch pig industry as it is over 200% self-sufficient. The value of these exports was also lower, amounting to €1.8 billion, down 5% on 2017.

Why aren’t UK pig prices moving up yet?

17 April 2019

In recent weeks, EU pig prices have shot up. This reflects a significant uplift in demand on the Chinese market, as African Swine Fever (ASF) starts to take a toll on supply levels. The EU average pig reference price reached 136.12p/kg in the week ended 7 April, and so now stands just 2p below the UK reference price. This means that when delivered to UK customers, standard UK pork will now be cheaper than the EU equivalent.

UK slaughter flat in the first quarter

17 April 2019

UK clean pig slaughter in March totalled 854,600 head, under 1% lower than the same month in 2018. Factory breakdowns had limited supplies for much of March, but higher throughput at the end of the month compensated for this.

A later Easter affects red meat sales

16 April 2019

In the 12 weeks ending 24 March, GB volume sales of primary red meat, poultry and bacon declined 3% year-on-year.

USDA expects ASF to cut global pork supplies

16 April 2019

The latest USDA* global outlook report anticipates global pork production will fall by 4% in 2019.

SPP falls again

10 April 2019

In the week ending 6 April, the EU-spec SPP declined for the second consecutive week. Prices fell by 0.06p to average 137.67p/kg. Prices still remain well over 7p below last year’s levels.

EU pig prices pick up the pace

10 April 2019

The EU pig price continued increasing during March with the reference price increasing €6.70 to average €142.62/100kg. The EU-28 price was €150.01/100kg in the week ended 31st March, the highest weekly price since the beginning of September 2018.

EU weaner prices motor upwards

10 April 2019

During quarter one of 2019, EU weaner prices have followed the typical pattern for the time of year and gained strength. During the week ending 31 March, the EU weaner reference price stood at €49.03/head, just above the five year average price but almost €3 below the same week last year.

Danish pork exports rise in 2018

10 April 2019

Between October-December 2018, Danish exports of fresh and frozen pork rose 2% year-on-year to reach 283,000 tonnes. This brought total export quantities for the year to 1.1 million tonnes, up 3% from 2017. Despite Denmark shipping more product abroad during the year, the total value of these exports fell by 9% to DKK 16.5 billion (€2.2 billion).

Chile - niche pork exporter

10 April 2019

Although a small exporter, Chile has premises licensed to ship pork to the EU. North American pork could become price-competitive under a no deal Brexit. What about Chilean pork?

Intra –EU pork trade steady in 2018

10 April 2019

Intra-EU pig meat trade (excl. offal) in 2018 declined only marginally (-0.5%) on 2017 levels. The trade flows in 2018 totalled around 7.4 million tonnes, based on reported export data.

SPP changes direction

03 April 2019

After a few weeks’ increases, the EU-spec SPP recorded a week-on-week decline of 0.23p, to stand at 137.73p/kg in the week ending 30 March. The measure continues to trend below year earlier levels. Brexit is of course continuing to bring uncertainty to the market.

US pig herd continues to expand

03 April 2019

As at 1 March, the US pig herd stood at 74.3 million head, 2% higher than March 2018, according to the latest quarterly report from the USDA. Both slaughter and breeding pig numbers reflected this 2% growth, totalling 67.9 and 6.35 million head respectively.

Italian imports rise

03 April 2019

In 2018, Italy imported 1.06 million tonnes of pig meat (excl. offal), 4% more volume than the year before. A 4% rise in imports of fresh and frozen pork (over 90% of Italian pig meat imports) caused most of this growth. Despite Italian pig slaughter falling slightly (-1%), domestic production of pig meat remained relatively steady, totalling 1.47 million tonnes.

EU pig numbers down

03 April 2019

The overall EU pig herd decreased to 148 million head in the year to December 2018, according to provisional figures from Eurostat. Most of this decline was due to a 4% fall in the German pig herd, alongside 7% fewer pigs in Poland. Pig numbers also fell in Denmark, but to a lesser extent.

EU meat demand struggling

02 April 2019

Demand for pig meat in the EU has not been in step with supply levels in recent years, driving price volatility. Last year, there was more pork on the EU market but no clear increase in demand for this product, and so prices came under pressure. Data for 2018, from key countries including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, provide further confirmation of this.

SPP continues upward

27 March 2019

The EU-spec SPP once again recorded a slight increase in the week ended 23 March, up 0.19p week-on-week to average 137.96p/kg.

New World pig prices

27 March 2019

In the past couple of few weeks, pig prices in the US have been rallying sharply. There is optimism that the African Swine Fever (ASF) situation in China will relieve the pressure on an otherwise oversupplied market.

No-deal Brexit could push American pork onto British plates

27 March 2019

Last week, the government announced the proposed tariff regime that would apply under a no-deal Brexit. Looking at the product mix for UK pig meat imports last year, the average tariff would add around €0.10/kg (around 9p/kg) to the price of pig meat imports.

GB pig meat retail sales flat overall

27 March 2019

In the 12 weeks to 24 February 2019, GB pig meat* retail sales were down only slightly compared to the same period last year (-0.8%), according to Kantar Worldpanel. The value of these sales fell by 3%, reflecting lower shelf prices.

Strong start to 2019 for EU pork exports

27 March 2019

EU pork exports strengthened at the turn of the year. January figures showed a 9% (+18,000 tonnes) increase compared to the same month in 2018, reaching 201,000 tonnes. The total value amounted to €444.3 million, up 5%.

Feed Report- March

25 March 2019

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Another little lift for the SPP

20 March 2019

In the week ended 16 March, the EU-spec SPP lifted marginally for the second consecutive week, with prices increasing by 0.14p to average 137.77p/kg.

UK pork trade higher in first month of 2019

20 March 2019

UK pork trade in 2019 got off to a flying start, with both exports and imports increasing year on year.

EU pig meat production up in 2018

20 March 2019

According to the latest figures from Eurostat, EU pig meat production for December was down 5% compared to December 2017.

UK pig slaughter down in February

19 March 2019

UK clean pig slaughter in February was 834,200 head, 4% lower than the same month in 2018. This was driven by a 6% drop in slaughter in England (and Wales), as throughput in Scotland and Northern Ireland actually increased by 4% and 7% respectively.

Decrease in the December pig herd

19 March 2019

According to Defra figures, UK pig numbers on 1 December 2018 totalled 4.6 million head. This was more than 1% lower compared with the same point a year before, but still above 2016 levels.

Uplift in the EU market

13 March 2019

The EU pig price increased steadily during February, averaging €135.92/100kg across the month. This was €1.65 higher than the January average.

SPP price steadies

13 March 2019

After a long period of decline, the EU spec SPP steadied, rising slightly (+0.2p) in the week ending 9 March.

No-deal pig meat import tariffs released

13 March 2019

Following the MPs vote to reject Theresa May's Brexit deal for the second time last night, the government announced the proposed tariff regime that would apply under a no-deal Brexit.

Decrease in Canadian pig herd

12 March 2019

The latest figures from Statistics Canada show that the size of the Canadian pig herd on 1 January 2018 was 1% down compared to a year earlier, but it is still above 14 million head.

EU pig meat TRQs

08 March 2019

The EU has a number of Tariff Rate Quotas for pig meat, which allow imports to enter at a reduced tariff rate. Uptake of these quotas is currently low, so these quotas may be relevant for British suppliers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Falling pig prices put further pressure on producer margins

08 March 2019

Pig production costs in the fourth quarter of 2018 were about the same as the previous three months, according to the latest AHDB estimates. The average GB production cost stood at 156p/kg, remaining at the highest level since 2013 and 12p/kg up compared to the same time a year before.

Falling English pig herd

06 March 2019

According to the December figures published by Defra, the pig herd in England fell by 1% compared with a year earlier, to 3.7 million head.

Still no upturn for GB pig prices

06 March 2019

The fall in the EU-spec SPP, which started last summer, continued in the week ended 2 March, with prices currently at 137.43p/kg.

Irish pig meat exports continue to grow

06 March 2019

Irish pig meat exports grew in 2018, up nearly 4% from 2017 to 260,000 tonnes. The value of these exports grew by 5% over the same period, to €805 million.

Spanish exports go from strength to strength

06 March 2019

In 2018 Spain produced 4.5 million tonnes (cwe) of pig meat, 5% more than in 2017, with 52.4 million pigs slaughtered according to Eurostat data.

US pork export growth steadies

06 March 2019

Pig meat exports from the United States were higher in the year to November 2018, by 4% to total 2 million tonnes. Primarily driven by increases in fresh/frozen pork earlier on in the year, growth steadied a little in more recent months.

DAERA records contraction in the NI pig herd

06 March 2019

The national pig breeding herd in Northern Ireland has declined 7% (3,300 head) year-on-year, to 44,100 head, according to December census results from DAERA NI.

Pork sales flat, but processed in decline

27 February 2019

During the 12 weeks ending 27 January, GB retail sales of fresh & frozen pork remained reasonably steady compared with the same period a year earlier, according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

GB pig price steadies

27 February 2019

GB pig prices remained virtually stable in the latest week ended 23 February

Will shoppers have more to spend in 2019?

27 February 2019

The employment rate (the proportion of people in work aged 16 to 64) was estimated at 75.8% in January. This is higher than a year earlier (75.2%) and the joint-highest since comparable estimates began in 1971. At 2.9, the ratio of UK job vacancies to 100 employed jobs is also high. All this points to a tight labour market.

French pig meat market stable…

27 February 2019

French pig meat production was stable in 2018 at 2.18 million tonnes (cwe), with 23.5 million pigs slaughtered. Pork imports grew by just over 1% to 295,000 tonnes product weight.

A slippery slope for GB pig prices

20 February 2019

The downward trend in GB pig prices continued for another week. In the week ended 16 February the EU-spec SPP fell 0.24p to 137.50p/kg, almost 9p below year earlier levels. Nonetheless, there are continued industry expectations that tightening supplies, following difficulties with fertility levels last summer, might ultimately stem the ongoing price decline. EU pig prices also moved up slightly in the week ended 10 February.

UK pig meat exports fell back as 2018 closed

20 February 2019

After four months of strong growth, UK exports of fresh/frozen pork fell 15% in December compared with a year earlier, to 16,100 tonnes.

UK pig production up in January

20 February 2019

UK clean pig slaughterings in January totalled 935,800 head, around 2.5% above the same month in 2018. Finished pig numbers picked up following a slow end to 2018, perhaps influenced by fewer pigs pulled forward for Christmas last year.

Feed Report- February

19 February 2019

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EU production continues to drive GB pig prices

19 February 2019

AHDB has recently revisited the GB pig prices model, which plots historical prices based on a range of factors including exchange rates, UK and EU production levels, import and export volumes, and global commodity prices. This model suggests that usually, the level of EU pig meat production is the biggest influence on GB pig price levels, and last year was no exception.

EU shipments limited by lower Asian demand in December

19 February 2019

Despite a little year-on-year growth in November, EU exports of fresh/frozen pork fell 9% below 2017 levels in December, according to the latest Eurostat figures. This left exports 4% below year earlier levels across the two months, at 370,500 tonnes.

2018 animal feed production highest on record

19 February 2019

In the final quarter of 2018 GB animal feed production was recorded at nearly 3.1 million tonnes, up 1% (40,000 tonnes) year-on-year, according to the latest data released by AHDB. As such, GB feed production for 2018 totalled 12.08 million tonnes, a 4% increase year-on-year, making it the highest annual production on record.

EU pig production remains up year-on-year

13 February 2019

According to the latest figures published by Eurostat, EU pig meat production rose 2% year-on-year in November to total just under 2.1 million tonnes.

EU pork export prospects in Japan receive a boost

13 February 2019

The EU recently signed a trade agreement with Japan, enabling its members to benefit from lower duties on some pork products, including frozen pork and ground seasoned pork (GSP), from April 2019.

GB pig prices continue downwards

13 February 2019

The EU-spec SPP continued on a downward trajectory in the week ended 9 February, back 0.41p to average 137.74p/kg. The current price is around 8p lower than the same week of 2018. Industry reports suggest that supply could become tighter in the coming months which could relieve some pressure on the price.

Small fall in Danish pig herd

13 February 2019

The latest figures published by Statistics Denmark show that the overall pig population on 1 January declined by 1.5% compared with the start of 2018. The total stood at 12.6 million head. This was also nearly 3% down on the final quarter of last year, although the pig population usually records a seasonal decline towards the end of the year.

EU pig prices remain flat in the New Year

11 February 2019

EU pig prices have remained relatively flat in the first few weeks of the New Year. The EU average reference price for the week ending 3 February stood at €133.98/100kg, just 50 cents below four weeks ago.

GB pig prices slide again

06 February 2019

The EU-spec SPP returned to decline in the week ended 2 February, at 138.15p/kg. This was a week-on-week change of 0.56p/kg. This week’s price is now down 12p from last year’s peak, and nearly 9p lower than the same week in 2018.

EU sow prices remaining low as Brexit approaches

06 February 2019

The EU sow price, and particularly the German price, is of great importance to the UK as it provides a good indication of probable trends in GB cull sow prices.

Russia moves to net exporter position in 2018

04 February 2019

Exports of pork and offal from Russia in the year to November totalled 106,000 tonnes, an 11% increase compared to the same period in 2017. This puts the nation into the position of net exporter.

Imports into China faced pressure during 2018

04 February 2019

During 2018, China imported 1.2 million tonnes of fresh/frozen pork, 2% (24,000 tonnes) less than in 2017. In addition to this, 947,000 tonnes of pig offal was imported, down 23% (290,000 tonnes) year-on-year.

Feed Report- January

01 February 2019

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SPP steadies slightly

30 January 2019

The EU-spec SPP took a slight respite from downward movement in the most recent week.

Spotlight on ASF: Impact on Chinese meat consumption

30 January 2019

Last week, we established that the volume of pig meat that could relatively easily be shipped to China falls short of the supply gap likely to open up this year. This week, we discuss how Chinese consumption of pork and other meats may be affected as a result.

Pork supply outlook uncertain in 2019

30 January 2019

The AHDB Outlook for UK pig meat supplies, produced back in October, has been reviewed to take account of recent developments in production and trade.

South Korean pork imports continue to grow

30 January 2019

South Korea is currently one of the fastest growing pork consumption markets in the world. Despite increasing domestic production (+3% according to USDA estimates), South Korea still imported more pork in 2018, going against previous industry expectations. In 2018, fresh/frozen pork imports to South Korea totalled 571,000 tonnes. This is a 17% increase (+82,000 tonnes) compared to 2017 levels.

EU weaner prices recover, but not for everyone

30 January 2019

After trending downwards for much of the summer, EU weaner prices have staged something of a recovery. Prices have been rising since late October, and in the week ending 20 January, the average EU weaner price was €41.50/head. This is €2.73 below last year’s price, but over €8 higher than the lows seen in the autumn.

Meat remains popular with shoppers, although mix of product changes

24 January 2019

During the 12 weeks ending 30 December, total primary meat retail sales remained steady on year earlier levels, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. Within this some categories did perform more strongly than others. Of course the most recent period includes the all-important Christmas period.

SPP weights continue to break records

23 January 2019

The EU-spec SPP continued to slide in the week ending 19 January, falling by -0.71p to stand at 138.78p/kg.

Spotlight on ASF: Opportunities for key exporters

23 January 2019

Last week we examined the potential size of the Chinese import gap this year, as China’s production becomes affected by African Swine Fever. In this article, we discuss opportunities for the key suppliers individually.

China- a valuable asset to the UK pig industry

23 January 2019

AHDB has recently published a new report, focusing on the opportunities changing diets and improving wealth present for exporters to China.

Brazilian pork exports regain ground

23 January 2019

In recent months, fresh/frozen pork exports from Brazil have regained some lost ground from the first half of last year. This has put the country in a much better position heading into 2019.

UK pig production higher in 2018

22 January 2019

UK pig meat production totalled 71,900 tonnes in December, which is a slight increase (+1%) compared to a year earlier. This brings production for 2018 to 926,700 tonnes, 24,100 tonnes higher (+3%) than in 2017. This is a result of higher slaughterings for both clean pigs and sows and boars.

UK pig meat exports continue to perform strongly

22 January 2019

During November 2018, UK exports of fresh/frozen pork continued to record year-on-year growth (+5% or 900 tonnes), reaching 19,500 tonnes.

APP and SPP gap continues to widen

16 January 2019

The EU-spec SPP fell once again in the week ended 12 January.

Focusing on feed conversion

15 January 2019

The feed conversion ratio (FCR) is an important performance indicator for pig producers, as it has an influence on production costs.

EU pig prices flat in December

15 January 2019

EU pig prices have recorded little movement in the past four weeks, with the EU average reference price standing at €134.51/100kg in the week ended 6 January.

Spotlight on ASF: Impact on Chinese pork production

15 January 2019

Following last week’s article covering the current spread of African Swine Fever in China, in this article, we explore the potential drop in production that might stem from this.

EU production increases in October

14 January 2019

EU pig production rose 6% in October compared to the previous year. Totalling 2.1 million tonnes, this is also 14% higher than September. This is a result of higher pig slaughterings (+6% Y-o-Y), however carcase weights have dropped slightly across the EU-28 compared to October 2017.

Heavy pigs weighing on prices

09 January 2019

The EU-spec SPP dipped further to 140.02p/kg for the week ended 5 January.

Danish pork exports remain up in 2018

09 January 2019

Between Jan-Sep 2018, Danish fresh/frozen pork exports rose by around 3% year-on-year to total 840,000 tonnes.

Quality wins over quantity for Italian pork market

09 January 2019

Pig meat production in Italy reached 1.1 million tonnes in the year to September, a +1.9% (21,000 t) increase year on year. However, over the same period 8.38 million pigs were slaughtered, 1.4% less than a year ago, demonstrating a growth in carcase weights.

Spotlight on ASF: Contamination in China

07 January 2019

African Swine Fever is set to be an important topic in the global pork market this year, with the level of spread determining global trade flows and import demand. So, every week in this series of articles, we’re going to explore a different aspect of the situation, and what the impacts might be moving forward. This article examines the current level of Chinese contamination.

Spain continues to both produce and export more pork

07 January 2019

Throughout 2018 there has been a strong growth in pig meat production in Spain, according to data from Eurostat.

More growth in US pig numbers

07 January 2019

According to the latest figures from the USDA, the size of the US pig herd increased by 2% in the year to December 2018. There was a similar increase in both the breeding and fattening herds.

Finished pig prices fall, but weaners rally

02 January 2019

During the week ending 22 December, the EU-spec SPP declined by 0.52p on the week to 141.68p/kg.

German pig herd declines significantly

02 January 2019

According to provisional results from the November census, the total number of pigs in Germany fell by 4% compared to year earlier levels.

French pork exports now turning to decline

02 January 2019

In the first nine months of 2018, French pork exports increased by 12,700 tonnes (4%) year-on-year, to total 319,000 tonnes.