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Price Trends

10 Jun 2019

EU Reference Price (p/kg dwt)

156.55 (1.59p/kg)

08 Jun 2019

Est GB clean pig Slaughterings (000 head)

167.2 (0.75%)

25 May 2019

Est GB weekly sow slaughterings (000 head)

4.75 (0.2%)

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. Pig meat production increases in May

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.

2. African Swine Fever and the impact on dairy markets

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.

3. SPP continues upwards

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.

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