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Price Trends

19 Aug 2019

EU Reference Price (p/kg dwt)

165.88 (2.95p/kg)

17 Aug 2019

Est GB clean pig Slaughterings (000 head)

168.58 (-5.66%)

10 Aug 2019

Est GB weekly sow slaughterings (000 head)

4.57 (0.77%)

1. Small-Scale Producers

The industry is made up of a huge variety of production systems with herds ranging from just a handful of sows to thousands. Each of these businesses has an important part to play in the overall success of the industry, whether it’s commercial lines or rare breeds it is important to know that the support and information is out there.

1. EU pig meat production in May down year on year

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.

2. Canadian pork banned from China seeks new home

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.

3. Less pork available for French consumption

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.

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