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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.

Pig meat production up again in September

10 October 2019

September figures published by Defra show a 5% annual increase in clean pig slaughter, reaching 887,100 head. Note that this increase is probably influenced by an extra working day in September this year.

Surprising results in UK June pig survey

10 October 2019

Provisional UK figures from the June survey indicate stability in the overall breeding herd (including boars and maiden gilts), at 504,000 head. This is unexpected, given the sharp rise in Scottish breeding pigs, which is backed up by industry reports.

Pig prices jump up on previous week

09 October 2019

  • EU-spec SPP ↑1.11p to 155.32p/kg (w/e 5 October)
  • Estimated slaughter ↑3,200 to 184,000 head (w/e 5 October)
  • EU-spec APP ↑0.26p to 156.37p/kg (w/e 28 September)

EU weaner prices unusually stable

09 October 2019

The EU 30kg weaner price hovered around €52/head during September. Although a decline of around €7 from the peak in June, this is a little higher than prices achieved in mid-August.

Scottish breeding herd expanding

09 October 2019

The number of Scottish breeding pigs was 19% higher at 1 June, compared with a year earlier, according to data published by Scottish Government.

US to impose higher tariffs on EU pig meat products

07 October 2019

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) have announced that the United States would be allowed to apply up to $7.5 billion of retaliatory tariffs a year on products imported from the EU. This is as a result of the Airbus-Boeing dispute.

SPP continues to creep up

02 October 2019

  • EU-spec SPP ↑ 0.46p to 154.21p/kg (w/e 28 September)
  • Estimated slaughter ↓ to 180,900 head (w/e 28 September)
  • EU-spec APP ↑ 0.65p to 156.11p/kg (w/e 21 September)

US pig herd’s relentless expansion continues

01 October 2019

As at 1 September, the US pig herd stood at 77.7 million head, according to the latest quarterly report from the USDA. This was 3% higher than both September 2018 and June this year. Slaughter and breeding pig numbers both echoed this year-on-year growth totalling 71.2 million head (+4%) and 6.43 million head (+2%) respectively.

EU pig herd still contracting despite rising returns

30 September 2019

Figures from May/June agricultural surveys show a decline in the pig herd across the major EU producing nations. The total pig herd in the EU member states carrying out a survey* decreased by 2% year-on-year, to 137.3 million head. This was the lowest level since 2016.

EU pig prices still rising, but UK closes gap

30 September 2019

In the four weeks ended 22 September, EU pig prices continued to rise overall. Although, performances differed between countries somewhat.