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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.

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.

Japan and South Korea counter weaker Chinese pork imports

15 August 2017

Both Japan and South Korea have reported year-on-year increases in fresh/frozen pork imports during the first half of 2017. With Chinese import demand slowing in the second quarter, these destinations have become increasingly important outlets for the global pork market.

Pork sales generally weaker

15 August 2017

In the 12 weeks ended 16 July, primary pork volume sales have fallen by 5.3% year-on-year.

GB pig price slips slightly - Week ended 5 August

09 August 2017

In the week ending 5 August, the EU-spec SPP declined for the first time in 23 weeks, however it remains at the second highest level since the price series began in April 2014.

Global meat prices plateau in July

09 August 2017

In July the FAO food price index rose for the third consecutive month to 179.1 points, 2% higher on the month and 10% up on the year. Furthermore, this was the highest level the index has reached since December 2014.

EU sow prices decline

09 August 2017

Since November 2016, in general EU sow prices had been rising, however over the past few weeks values have been declining and generally by a larger amount than for clean pigs.