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EU short-term outlook: China’s demand for pork boosts EU exports

17 October 2019

The latest European commission short-term outlook report expects that EU pork exports will continue to rise. This reflects increasing Asian demand due to African swine fever (ASF). The outlook also suggests EU pig meat consumption per capita is set to decrease by 2% (0.5 kg) during 2019.

UK pork exports continue to perform strongly August

17 October 2019

The UK’s pork export market has performed well for another month. In August, shipments of fresh/frozen pork were up 17% on the year, at 21,300 tonnes. 

GB finished pig prices keep moving up

16 October 2019

  • EU-spec SPP ↑ 0.45p to 155.77p/kg (w/e 12 Oct)
  • Estimated slaughter to 175,300 head (w/e 12 Oct)
  • EU-spec APP ↑ 0.97p to 157.34p/kg (w/e 5 Oct)

EU pig meat production in July steady year on year

16 October 2019

EU pig meat production was stable in July compared to the previous year, at just over 1.9 million tonnes, according to the latest Eurostat figures.

Pig meat sales continue to decline

15 October 2019

GB retail sales of pig meat products continue to have a tough time. Total sales declined almost 4% in volume and 2% in value during the 12 week period ending 9 September, according to Kantar data.

Pig meat production up again in September

10 October 2019

September figures published by Defra show a 5% annual increase in clean pig slaughter, reaching 887,100 head. Note that this increase is probably influenced by an extra working day in September this year.

Surprising results in UK June pig survey

10 October 2019

Provisional UK figures from the June survey indicate stability in the overall breeding herd (including boars and maiden gilts), at 504,000 head. This is unexpected, given the sharp rise in Scottish breeding pigs, which is backed up by industry reports.

Pig prices jump up on previous week

09 October 2019

  • EU-spec SPP ↑1.11p to 155.32p/kg (w/e 5 October)
  • Estimated slaughter ↑3,200 to 184,000 head (w/e 5 October)
  • EU-spec APP ↑0.26p to 156.37p/kg (w/e 28 September)

EU weaner prices unusually stable

09 October 2019

The EU 30kg weaner price hovered around €52/head during September. Although a decline of around €7 from the peak in June, this is a little higher than prices achieved in mid-August.

Scottish breeding herd expanding

09 October 2019

The number of Scottish breeding pigs was 19% higher at 1 June, compared with a year earlier, according to data published by Scottish Government.