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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 production up in January

20 February 2019

UK clean pig slaughterings in January totalled 935,800 head, around 2.5% above the same month in 2018. Finished pig numbers picked up following a slow end to 2018, perhaps influenced by fewer pigs pulled forward for Christmas last year.

Feed Report- February

19 February 2019

Read our latest commentary on the global cereals and oilseeds markets.

EU production continues to drive GB pig prices

19 February 2019

AHDB has recently revisited the GB pig prices model, which plots historical prices based on a range of factors including exchange rates, UK and EU production levels, import and export volumes, and global commodity prices. This model suggests that usually, the level of EU pig meat production is the biggest influence on GB pig price levels, and last year was no exception.

EU shipments limited by lower Asian demand in December

19 February 2019

Despite a little year-on-year growth in November, EU exports of fresh/frozen pork fell 9% below 2017 levels in December, according to the latest Eurostat figures. This left exports 4% below year earlier levels across the two months, at 370,500 tonnes.

2018 animal feed production highest on record

19 February 2019

In the final quarter of 2018 GB animal feed production was recorded at nearly 3.1 million tonnes, up 1% (40,000 tonnes) year-on-year, according to the latest data released by AHDB. As such, GB feed production for 2018 totalled 12.08 million tonnes, a 4% increase year-on-year, making it the highest annual production on record.

EU pig production remains up year-on-year

13 February 2019

According to the latest figures published by Eurostat, EU pig meat production rose 2% year-on-year in November to total just under 2.1 million tonnes.

EU pork export prospects in Japan receive a boost

13 February 2019

The EU recently signed a trade agreement with Japan, enabling its members to benefit from lower duties on some pork products, including frozen pork and ground seasoned pork (GSP), from April 2019.

GB pig prices continue downwards

13 February 2019

The EU-spec SPP continued on a downward trajectory in the week ended 9 February, back 0.41p to average 137.74p/kg. The current price is around 8p lower than the same week of 2018. Industry reports suggest that supply could become tighter in the coming months which could relieve some pressure on the price.

Small fall in Danish pig herd

13 February 2019

The latest figures published by Statistics Denmark show that the overall pig population on 1 January declined by 1.5% compared with the start of 2018. The total stood at 12.6 million head. This was also nearly 3% down on the final quarter of last year, although the pig population usually records a seasonal decline towards the end of the year.

EU pig prices remain flat in the New Year

11 February 2019

EU pig prices have remained relatively flat in the first few weeks of the New Year. The EU average reference price for the week ending 3 February stood at €133.98/100kg, just 50 cents below four weeks ago.