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This section contains a range of articles providing the latest news, commentary and analysis of the pig market in the UK, EU and globally.

EU spec SPP tops 160p

11 December 2019

The EU-spec SPP moved up again in the week ending 7 December, the highest price since September 2017. This extends the price premium over the same week last year to 18.11p.

EU kills more pigs in September

11 December 2019

EU pig slaughter figures published by Eurostat show a 1.3% increase in September when compared with the same month in 2018, at 20.9 million head. September 2019 did have an extra working day though.

Pig meat supplies fall on Italian market

11 December 2019

Domestic pork production within Italy has fallen in the year to date. For the year to September, pig meat production decreased by 2% (-22,000 tonnes) compared to the previous year. The annual decline was particularly marked in Q3, when volumes were 4% lower.

Global pig prices remain high

11 December 2019

This year, global pork prices have been at an elevated level, based on analysis of export prices from the four main global exporters (the EU, US, Canada and Brazil).

EU red meat demand remains disappointing

09 December 2019

Demand for beef, lamb and pork has been falling so far this year in key EU consuming countries. Interestingly, demand for poultry also seems to be falling back in some of these markets, pointing towards a general decline in meat demand.

Limited supplies constrain German exports

05 December 2019

The latest figures for German pork exports between January and September show a 2% fall in volumes, or 20,000 tonnes, to 1.31 million tonnes. What has changed more markedly, however, is the destination of these exports.

Increase in pig numbers in June 2019 Welsh survey

05 December 2019

At 24,400 head, there was a 5% increase in the number of pigs in Wales in June 2019, according to the June Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture.

GB pig prices gain again

04 December 2019

The EU-spec SPP moved up again in the week ending 30 November, recording the largest weekly increase for six weeks. This extends the price premium over the same week last year to 16.25p.

UK pig meat production growth set to continue

04 December 2019

With expectations that the breeding herd has grown this year, our forecasts suggest UK pig meat production is set to continue increasing in the coming months. Nevertheless, reports of challenges to productivity this summer mean the supply increase may be limited early next year.

Higher Spanish pork exports continue

04 December 2019

Latest Spanish pork export figures for January to September show an 8% increase in trade, with volumes reaching 1.22 million tonnes. This is a new record high for the nation.