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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.

GB pig price regains some of previous weeks’ losses

23 August 2017

Following negative movements in the previous two weeks, the EU-spec SPP recovered some ground in week ended 19 August, gaining 0.13p to stand at 164.66p/kg. The current quote is almost 29p above year earlier levels.

Producer’s share of pork price remains at record high in July

23 August 2017

At 44% the producer’s share of the retail pork price recorded a marginal gain (0.2 percentage points) on the month in July and is the largest proportion received by producers since records began in 2009.

Irish pigmeat production rises

23 August 2017

Throughputs of finished pigs in Ireland were broadly the same in the first six months of the year compared with 2016, standing at 1.66 million, according to data from the Central Statistical Office.

In-depth: Russia- a sleeping pig meat giant?

23 August 2017

As Russia extends its current import embargo until the end of 2018, reports suggest that its domestic pork production is set to soar. With this in mind we explore what impact this could have on the global pig meat market.

Another slow month for EU exports

21 August 2017

The slowdown in EU pork exports continued in June, with volumes down 25% year-on-year at 158,300 tonnes.

UK pig slaughterings continue to fall in July

18 August 2017

UK clean pig slaughterings fell by 4% on the year in July to 828.5 thousand head, according to latest data from Defra.

Red Tractor standards are changing

17 August 2017

Pig producers, representing 70% of England’s pig herd, have been busy entering 2015 and 2016 antibiotic data into eMB over the last 12 months, but now Red Tractor have added eMB into the pig standards for 2017.

Price marked packs- the future of meat sales?

16 August 2017

In response to the success of the Hard Discounters, major retailers are increasingly moving away from promotional activity in favour of an everyday low price (EDLP) strategy.

GB pig prices remain relatively stable - week ended 12 August

16 August 2017

The EU-spec SPP remained relatively unchanged in the week ending 12 August. At 164.53p/kg the current quote is just 0.01p lower than the previous week, but is 29.53p higher than the same period last year.

Pork exports drop below 2016 levels in June

16 August 2017

Following year-on-year growth during the previous month, UK pork exports faltered during June. Fresh/frozen pork shipments during the month were down 5% on a year earlier at 17.5 thousand tonnes.