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EU slaughter down again in October

24 January 2020

EU pig slaughter fell again in October, following a 1% decline recorded across the preceding nine months.

EU pork exports booming

23 January 2020

The increase in EU pork exports, seen throughout 2019, has continued.

GB pork sales suffering

23 January 2020

In the 12-weeks to 29 December, which includes the key Christmas period, total GB pig meat* sales fell by 4.5% in volume, compared to the year before. Total spend remained stable though, as average prices were up 4.5%.

Brazil’s pork trade leaves 2019 on a high

23 January 2020

Exports of Brazilian pig meat (incl. offal) for the 2019 full year totalled 839,400 tonnes, up 15% (108,900 tonnes) from the previous year, with growth driven by fresh/frozen pork.

Limited movement again in the SPP

22 January 2020

The EU-spec SPP has recorded another marginal decline in the week 18 January. The average price declined by 0.09p on the week.

Global pork production forecast to fall by 9% in 2020

22 January 2020

Global pork production in 2020 is expected to fall by 9% on the year, to 96.4 million tonnes, according to the latest outlook from the USDA

UK pig meat production ramps up in December

16 January 2020

In December 2019, UK clean pig slaughter reached 934,400 head, 12% more than the same month in the previous year.

Strong UK pig meat exports continue

16 January 2020

UK pork exports recorded another increase in November 2019, with shipments up by 13% compared with the same month a year earlier. At 22,400 tonnes volumes were a record high for the month but a little lower than in October.

Further decline in German breeding herd

16 January 2020

Latest figures from Eurostat show that the decline in the German breeding herd continued during 2019.

Another year of high EU pig prices ahead – but risks remain

15 January 2020

Although the EU pig market has fallen a little lately, prices remain at exceptionally high levels with strong underlying market drivers.

Heavier pigs influence SPP

15 January 2020

In the week ended 11 January, the EU-spec SPP moved marginally lower (-0.03p). Despite this week on week drop it is still nearly 23p above the price in the same week last year.

EU prices pause for breath over holiday period

14 January 2020

In the four-weeks ending 5 January 2020, EU pig prices actually fell by €2.67 to €192.62/100kg. This belies the generally strong sentiment that still underpins the market.

Italian pig meat production falls

10 January 2020

In October, production was down 5% to 118 thousand tonnes compared with a year ago according to data from Istat. Italian pig meat production is down 12% in the year to October 19, to 1,200 thousand tonnes.

SPP remains steady as new decade begins

08 January 2020

In the first week of the new decade, the EU-spec SPP dropped back marginally on the week (0.01p). Nevertheless, prices are still over 22p above the same week last year.

Chinese protein supply could tighten again following wildfires in Australia

08 January 2020

Australia has now been suffering from a drought for several years, and in recent weeks has faced extensive wildfires.

Increase in the June pig herd

08 January 2020

According to Defra figures that have recently been finalised, UK pig numbers on 1 June 2019 totalled 5.1 million head. This was more than 1% higher compared with the same point a year before, and now indicates four years of growth.

Higher feed usage drives rearing performance gains

06 January 2020

The latest performance data from Agrosoft shows a mixed performance in the feeding herd over the 12 months to September 2019.

Danish and Dutch exports continue to diverge

06 January 2020

The Danish and Dutch pork export market situation in Q3 was almost unchanged compared with the first half of the year.

Throughput influences festive pig prices

03 January 2020

In the run-up to the holiday period, the SPP continued to gain ground. In the week before Christmas, the EU-spec SPP added 1.07p to reach 162.89p/kg, the eighth consecutive week of rises. However, in the latest week ended 28 December, prices slipped a little back to 162.44p/kg.

EU pork and offal exports remain elevated

02 January 2020

The year-on-year growth in EU pork exports, which has been apparent throughout 2019, continued in October.

US pig numbers still up

02 January 2020

Latest figures from the USDA show that pig numbers on 1 December were 3% higher than a year earlier at 77.3 million head.

Pork review of 2019 - ASF hogging the limelight

02 January 2020

2019 has been an unusual year for the pig industry. African Swine Fever (ASF) has posed as both a threat and an opportunity for global pig trade. ASF has had a major influence on global markets, and about a quarter of the global pig herd is thought to have been lost. High demand from Asia for pork imports to counteract this shortage has helped to boost global prices.