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SPP just edging upward

24 April 2019

The EU-spec SPP for the week ended 20 April reached 138.67p/kg, a small increase (0.36p) on the previous week. Since the start of March, the SPP has risen by 1.24p.

There remain signs of an imminent uplift in demand, with a sharp rise in EU prices making this product less competitive on the UK market. Demand from China is also reportedly strong. However, the SPP remains 6.60p below year earlier levels at the moment.

Higher pig meat imports continue in February

24 April 2019

UK pork trade in February was more subdued than January. Imports were still higher year on year but export volumes were lower, despite a higher value. This is perhaps indicative of stockpiling efforts by processors preparing for the original Brexit date at the end of March.

New scenarios modelling: Pig farms could suffer post-Brexit

24 April 2019

AHDB has released a second set of scenarios, identifying the possible impacts of Brexit on the farm incomes in 2022.

The report models two scenarios: a free trade agreement between the UK and Europe (UK-EU FTA) and a “no-deal” Brexit where the UK trades with the EU under WTO rules (WTO: UK tariffs), applying its own import tariffs.

Brazil pork trade pivots back to Russia

24 April 2019

Brazilian exports of pig meat in the first quarter of 2019 were much the same as 2018 levels, totalling 160,000 tonnes. However, after having a ban on exports to Russia lifted, Brazilian exporters have shifted from their two largest markets (China and Hong Kong) to resume trade with Russia.

EU pork shipments up so far in 2019

24 April 2019

EU exports of fresh and frozen pork during January and February 2019 totalled 394,400 tonnes, up 8% year-on-year. This is according to the latest Eurostat figures.

Worsening forecasts for China’s ASF outbreaks

23 April 2019

Over the past few weeks, the serious effects of African Swine Fever in China have become clear.

Little change anticipated in EU production

23 April 2019

In its latest Short Term Outlook, the EU Commission forecasts there will be little change in EU pig meat production in 2019.

GB breeding herd productivity declines

18 April 2019

The latest physical performance data, provided to AHDB by Agrosoft, shows that GB breeding herd productivity declined in 2018. This is the first year performance has not improved since 2010.

Pig prices back on the rise

17 April 2019

After two consecutive weeks of decline in the EU-spec SPP, the measure has gained over half a penny in the most recent week. In the week ending 13 April, the measure firmed by 0.64p to average 138.31p/kg. It is possible that the strong demand for EU pork from China due to the ongoing epidemic of African Swine Fever has finally lent support to prices.

Dutch pork exports flat despite rising production

17 April 2019

In 2018, the Netherlands exported 902,100 tonnes of fresh/frozen pork, barely changing from 2017. This was despite higher Dutch production; provisional data from Eurostat shows an 8% (+112,500 tonnes) increase in 2018. Exports are crucial for the Dutch pig industry as it is over 200% self-sufficient. The value of these exports was also lower, amounting to €1.8 billion, down 5% on 2017.