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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.