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Slight uplift in GB pig prices

21 February 2018

In week ended 17 February, the EU-spec SPP climbed a modest 0.15p to stand at 146.07p/kg.

French pig meat exports down for the fifth consecutive year

21 February 2018

In 2017, France exported 5% less pork compared to 2016, totalling over 423,000 tonnes.

EU production was up again in November

21 February 2018

The latest figures from Eurostat indicate that slaughterings rose just under 1% on year earlier levels during November, reaching 22.1 million head.

Strong December trade, but EU exports lower overall in 2017

19 February 2018

The latest statistics from Eurostat indicate that EU fresh/frozen pork exports returned to growth in December, gaining 9% on year earlier levels to reach 181,900 tonnes.

Production significantly higher in January

19 February 2018

UK clean pig slaughterings totalled 928,900 head in January, 8% higher than year earlier levels according to latest data from Defra. While the year-on-year increase may be somewhat inflated by the extra working day in the month this year, compared to 2017, the direction of travel is clear.

Producer share of retail price lowest for over a year

19 February 2018

The share of the final pork retail price received by the producer recorded a drop of almost one percentage point in January, to under 40%.

GB pig prices record a decline after stability last week - 10 Feb 2018

14 February 2018

During the week ending 10 February, GB pig prices declined again, with the EU spec SPP falling 0.88p on the week, to 145.92p/kg. This follows just a week of stability with pig prices have recorded a downwards trend since the middle of 2017.

Further EU pig price drop

14 February 2018

EU pig prices have significantly fallen since the beginning of January. The EU reference price had been continually declining up to the most recent week ending 4 February, when prices actually saw some recovery and rose slightly.

GB pig feed production slightly up on the year

14 February 2018

GB pig feed production in 2017 totalled 1.8 million tonnes, a modest 0.3% increase year-on-year, according to the latest Defra dataset.

Danish herd growth continues to accelerate

14 February 2018

The latest figures from Statistics Denmark indicate that as at 1 January 2018, the Danish total pig herd was over 4% larger than year earlier levels at 12.8 million head.