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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.

Fact-finding mission for pork exports to Mexico

17 August 2018

Opportunities for exporting pork to Mexico will be explored when the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) arrives in the country next month.

Two new recruits join AHDB’s pork team

17 August 2018

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has recruited two new members of staff to complete the pork knowledge transfer (KT) and knowledge exchange (KE) teams.

Another small decline in GB pig prices

15 August 2018

During the week ending 11 August, the EU-spec SPP fell by 0.55p to 149.26p/kg, the largest weekly price change in the SPP for eight weeks. The price currently stands 15.27p below year earlier levels.

UK pig meat trade- both imports and exports decline in June

15 August 2018

HMRC reported fresh/frozen pork exports fell 7% year-on-year in June, to total 16,700 tonnes. The fall in pork exports was coupled with a slight 2% decline in average prices, to average £1.35/kg, meaning value fell by 9% on the year to £22.6 million.

Largest Danish pig herd since 2007

15 August 2018

As at July 1 2018, the latest figures from Statistics Denmark indicate that the Danish pig herd totalled 12.9 million head, a 3% increase on year earlier levels. Within this, piglet numbers were 3.5% higher, at 2.6 million head, and slaughter pig numbers were almost 5% higher at 3.0 million head.

Sausages bring home the bacon

15 August 2018

During the 12 weeks to 15 July, retail sales of pig meat* recorded a 1.4% rise year-on-year, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. With retail prices also increasing, this meant the total value of the category increased by just over 2%.

Subdued retail sales not helping EU pig prices

15 August 2018

With growth anticipated in EU pig meat production across 2018, forecasts from the EU commission and others have expected EU pig meat consumption to increase this year.

Slight easing in GB pig prices

08 August 2018

During the week ending 4 August, movement in the EU-spec SPP was reasonably subdued yet again.

GB pig feed production climbs during the first half of 2018

08 August 2018

During the first half of the year, GB compound pig feed production has increased by 1.8% on the same period in 2017 to 899,000 tonnes, according to latest AHDB/Defra data.

Little movement in EU sow prices

07 August 2018

In the past three months, prices for EU sows have remained reasonably steady.