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EU pig meat production stalls in March

18 June 2019

EU pig meat production has had a bit of sluggish start to the year. Production in February increased by 2.5% on last year. However, a 4.3% drop in March dampened this growth, according to the latest figures from Eurostat. As a result, production for the first quarter of this year was down by 0.7% (-42,400 tonnes) at 6.14 million tonnes.

Pig meat production increases in May

13 June 2019

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.

African Swine Fever and the impact on dairy markets

13 June 2019

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.

SPP continues upwards

12 June 2019

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.

EU pig meat demand falling

12 June 2019

Consumer demand for pig meat in the EU has faltered in recent years. Demand for red meat in general seems to be slowing, but pig meat has particularly suffered. Data so far for 2019, from key countries including Germany, France and Italy, further confirms this trend.

EU market outlook: 2019

12 June 2019

The EU commission hosts a working group on pig meat. Forecasts from Member State experts are used to produce a slaughter and pig price outlook for the EU overall. This year, slaughter is expected to decline slightly, while pig prices rise significantly.

All protein markets expected to respond to ASF

12 June 2019

The last time China needed to import large quantities of protein was in 2016, in response to its sow shortage. At that time, understandably, the protein shortage was met with imports of pig meat. In 2019, African Swine Fever (ASF) is expected to increase the demand for imported protein again.

Flat Irish pig meat exports, despite rising production

06 June 2019

In the first quarter of 2019, Ireland exported 69,600 tonnes of pig meat and offal, mostly unchanged from 2018.  The value of these exports was up 4% to €202.7 million euros, reflecting a move towards exporting higher value hams.

An update to new crop maize

06 June 2019

Maize usage in compound and IPU feed production increased by 82.9% in the season to Apr-19: The latest feed usage statistics show a decrease of 0.7% in pig feed production in the season to date.

SPP gains more pace

05 June 2019

The EU-spec SPP has picked up the pace a little again and continued to rise in the week ending 1 June.