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Price Trends

08 Apr 2019

EU Reference Price (p/kg dwt)

136.12 (7.74p/kg)

13 Apr 2019

Est GB clean pig Slaughterings (000 head)

175.27 (-0.29%)

23 Mar 2019

Est GB weekly sow slaughterings (000 head)

5.36 (-0.07%)

1. GB breeding herd productivity declines

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.

2. Pig prices back on the rise

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.

3. Dutch pork exports flat despite rising production

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.

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