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Pig prices soften slightly

19 September 2018

During the week ended 15 September pig prices continued on their downward trajectory of late. The EU spec SPP fell by 0.28p, to 147.77p/kg. The price is currently 14.56p below last year’s price.

EU competes on price as pork exports grow in July

19 September 2018

In a continuation of the trend recorded in June, EU exports of fresh and frozen pork rose by 3% in July compared with a year earlier, to 164,000 tonnes, according to data from Eurostat. However, export prices across the region remained around 14% lower than a year ago, leading to the value of July exports falling by 9% year-on-year to €359 million.

UK pork exports fall and imports rise in July

19 September 2018

During July, exports of fresh/frozen pork fell by 10% when compared to a year earlier, to total 16,400 tonnes, with a decline in value of 9%, to £22.3 million.

UK production higher in August

18 September 2018

The UK produced 81,800 tonnes of pig meat in August, with 947,000 clean pigs slaughtered according to data published by Defra. Production in the month was 4.5% higher (3,500 tonnes) than in August 2017.

English pig herd increases in the first half of 2018

18 September 2018

The English pig herd increased by 2% compared to a year earlier, to over 4 million head, according to the June Agricultural Survey figures published by Defra.

African Swine Fever enters Western Europe

18 September 2018

Last week, African Swine Fever (ASF) was confirmed in wild boar in Belgium for the first time. The official report to the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) indicates 4 cases have been discovered so far, with 3 dead animals found and a further individual culled in Étalle, less than 20km from the border with both France and Luxembourg. This outbreak is particularly significant, as it is the first time in ASF has been discovered in Western Europe in over a decade.

Prices show a small decline for GB pigs

13 September 2018

During the week ended 8 September, the EU spec SPP fell by 0.23p, to 148.05p/kg. This continues the downward trend recorded in recent weeks. The price is currently 14.87p below last year’s price.

New ‘Pick Pork’ TV ads promote quick-cook cuts

12 September 2018

The latest £2.5 million phase of the AHDB ‘Pick Pork’ advertising campaign will hit TV screens from Monday (17 September).

EU pig production remains up in Q2

12 September 2018

EU pig production in the second quarter of 2018 is up, by 190,000 tonnes (+3%), compared to the same period last year to total 5.8 million tonnes (including some estimated figures).

There may be trouble ahead for global pork trade

11 September 2018

The global pork market has become increasingly turbulent in 2018. New tariff measures, the spread of African Swine fever, and a background of rising global production, have increasingly disrupted the normal patterns of trade. On top of this, elevated feed prices are anticipated in many regions, which could pressure margins and disrupt supply expectations moving forward.