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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.

SPP eases again

12 December 2018

In the week ended 8 December, despite stable throughputs the EU-spec SPP fell by 0.73p compared to the previous week, to 142.56p/kg.

AHDB-sponsored scholar explores antibiotic stewardship in overseas pig production

12 December 2018

Antibiotic usage has never been a more important topic than it is today, which makes the findings of an AHDB Pork-sponsored Nuffield Farming Scholarship of great interest and importance to the agricultural sector.

Growth continues in Irish pork exports

12 December 2018

In the first nine months of 2018, Ireland exported 141,400 tonnes of pork, 2% more than in the same period in 2017.

Export growth from the US, but Canada in decline

12 December 2018

US pork exports for the first nine months of 2018 increased by almost 7% year-on-year to 1.3 million tonnes. Meanwhile, Canadian pork exports recorded a fall of 2% across the same period, to 711,000 tonnes.

EU pig prices stabilise in November

11 December 2018

Having recorded sharp declines through September and October, pig prices finally stabilised in November, according to data from the European Commission.

EU pork medium-term outlook - exports to grow

11 December 2018

The EU Commission recently published its medium-term outlook for the major EU agricultural commodity markets and agricultural income, looking forwards to 2030. Here we highlight some of the key points for the pig meat market.

Scheme to help monitor pig herd health relaunched

07 December 2018

Pig producers are being invited to join a scheme which will give them access to post-mortem data on their pigs to help monitor the health of their herd and potentially save money.

APP prices steadies, but SPP continues downwards

05 December 2018

The EU-spec SPP continued to fall slightly in the week ending 1 December, dropping 0.23p week-on-week, to average 143.29p/kg.

Highest production costs since 2013 push producers into the red

04 December 2018

Pig production costs in the third quarter of 2018 were the highest since early 2013, according to estimates from AHDB, at 156p/kg.

Cheap Brazilian pork drags on global prices

04 December 2018

Global pork export prices have been under continued pressure throughout 2018, with prices dropping steadily to a low of $2.42/kg by September.