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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.

France pork exports up, imports down in 2019

21 February 2020

During 2019, French pig meat production was up by around 1% (+19,000 tonnes). Pig meat export growth outstripped this through, posting a 10% increase (+50,000 tonnes carcase weight equivalent) for the year as a whole.

UK pork exports rise in 2019 while imports fall

20 February 2020

Latest trade data from HMRC shows UK fresh/frozen pork exports in 2019 rose by 12% on the year, while imports were down 2%.

ASF: are there trading opportunities beyond China?

20 February 2020

Besides China, African swine fever (ASF) is now affecting several other key pig meat trading countries. These include Vietnam, the Philippines and South Korea. We explore the supply and demand impact on these countries and what it might mean for global trade.

Finished pig prices remain steady

19 February 2020

The EU-spec SPP remained relatively steady in the week ending 15 January, only increasing by 0.04p on the week to average 162.78p/kg. Nevertheless, prices remain over 25p above last year and the five-year average.

EU pork exports higher again in December

19 February 2020

Continuing the trend seen throughout 2019, EU pork exports were higher than a year earlier in December.

Impact of coronavirus on global markets

18 February 2020

Coronavirus is currently a global talking point, although reliable data is hard to come by in terms of its impact on agriculture. Trade data will show us the impact for product going into China, but information on trade is always a few months behind, so it will be a while before we see the impact flowing through that. However, here we do a round-up of what we do know and share our perspective on the impacts.

South Korea import demand falls, but likely to return

17 February 2020

South Korea imported 525,000 tonnes of fresh and frozen pork in 2019, 8% less than the previous year, according to data from Korea Customs. Pork imports were particularly high in 2018, possibly in a conscious effort to build stocks against African Swine Fever (ASF). Since then, competition for pork has increased, particularly from China. Consumption growth has also slowed, due to (unfounded) consumer concerns about ASF.

UK pig slaughter up in January, with carcase weights still elevated

13 February 2020

UK clean pig slaughter in January 2020 totalled 960,200 head. This was 2% higher than in the same month last year.

Higher production supports demand for finisher feed

13 February 2020

Q4 2019 feed statistics, year-on-year changes:

  •          Production of grower feed decreased by 12%
  •          Production of finishing feed increased by 10%
  •          Production of breeding feed increased by 5%

SPP continues to move up

12 February 2020

The EU-spec SPP has continued its upward trajectory in the week ending 8 February. The average price rose by 0.13p on the week, to average 162.74 p/kg.