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Unlocking the lifetime potential of young sows

18 October 2017

Pig producers can find out how to unlock the lifetime potential of gilts, at a series of four meetings starting this month.

GB pig prices fall once again

18 October 2017

In the week ended 14 October, the EU-spec SPP declined for the eighth consecutive week, recording a drop of 1.03p to stand at 157.89p/kg. The current quote is now only 12.81p above year earlier levels.

Another month of growth for UK pork exports

18 October 2017

Having moved ahead of year earlier levels in July, UK pork exports reported a second consecutive month of growth in August, climbing 9% on the year to reach 17.9 thousand tonnes. The value of these exports also increased by 15% on the year to £24 million, with the average unit price climbing, partly due to the weaker pound.

Producer’s share of pork retail price declines

18 October 2017

The producer’s share of the retail pork price decreased by 1% on the month in September to 43.3%, returning to levels last seen in May.

Higher carcase weights help production in September

17 October 2017

In September, clean pig slaughterings in the UK totalled 876,500 head, 4% down on the year, according to latest data from Defra. 

Record-breaking Anuga for AHDB Exports

16 October 2017

A record number of meat exporters joined AHDB at Anuga, the world’s biggest food trade fair, in Cologne, Germany last week (7-11 October).

Price inflation drives rise in domestic spend on pork

16 October 2017

In the 12 weeks ending 10 September, volumes of fresh/frozen pork sold decreased marginally (-0.6%) on the year, according to latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. However, average retail prices increased by 7% over the same period, leading to a 6% year on year increase in total spend. 

UK pig herd climbs on the year in June

16 October 2017

As at 1 June, the UK pig herd stood at just under 5 million head, 2% up year on year, according to provisional survey results from Defra.

GB pig prices continue to fall

11 October 2017

In the week ending 7 October, the EU-spec SPP recorded the largest week on week decline for this series since January 2016.

Latest EU short term outlook published

11 October 2017

The autumn EU Short-Term Outlook for arable crops, meat, and dairy has now been published by the EU Commission.