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Producer margins eroded further in Q1

30 May 2018

A rising cost of production and falling finished pig prices meant that producer margins were further depressed during the first quarter of 2018.

Poultry meat on the rise

31 May 2014

Chicken is a key competitor for pork on UK and global markets and it has shown strong long-term growth, as poultry meat provides a cheap and versatile alternative to other meats.

Impact of rising consumer confidence on UK meat demand

31 May 2014

Consumer confidence has shown impressive growth over the last few months, which could be the beginning of shoppers spending more. However, the grocery shopping habits developed during the recession are now ingrained and as a result are likely to be slow to change. Read an assessment of what this could mean for the retail market for pork.

Pig and Poultry Pocketbook out now

31 May 2014

The 2014 edition of the Pig and Poultry Pocketbook was launched at last week’s Pig and Poultry Fair. Also published at the Fair was the BPEX Yearbook for 2013-2014.

Danish pig numbers up in April

31 May 2014

According to the April census results published by Statistics Denmark, total pig numbers increased to 12.3 million head. This was 2% higher compared with the second quarter of 2013. The breeding herd remained almost unchanged, with a marginal fall in the total number of breeding pigs.

Asian countries dominating the EU export market

31 May 2014

At, 116,600 tonnes, latest trade figures for the EU indicate a 6% year-on-year decline in pork exports in March, a considerable improvement from the 19% decline in the previous month.

Contrasting developments in exports from the US and Canada

31 May 2014

For the United States, in spite of the PEDv outbreak contributing to a 3% decline in slaughterings, pork exports increased by 14% in the first quarter of this year compared with a year earlier. In contrast, Canadian pork exports declined by 2%.

Higher Japanese imports driven by EU supplies

31 May 2014

According to the latest figures, Japanese imports strengthened in the first quarter of this year, up by 4% on last year. The majority of the growth in pork imports stemmed from higher EU shipments.

MI at the Pig & Poultry Fair

31 May 2014

AHDB/BPEX Market Intelligence will be at the British Pig and Poultry Fair 2014, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park next week. At the Fair, we will also be launching this year’s edition of the Pig and Poultry Pocketbook. Copies will be available from the BPEX stand from anyone who wants one.

Competitive pricing fails to boost pork sales

30 May 2014

Shoppers’ spending on pork was down 5% year on year during February-April, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel data.

Highest UK pork exports in 15 years

30 May 2014

Latest trade figures showed that UK pork exports in March were at their highest level since October 1998. In addition, exports to China/Hong Kong topped 5,000 tonnes for the first time ever (with shipments to China at a record 3,300 tonnes).

Pig feed production up

30 May 2014

According to latest figure from Defra, GB production of compound pig feed in the first quarter of 2014 was 3% higher than a year before.

French export growth slowed in the first quarter

30 May 2014

In the first quarter of this year, French pork exports totalled 118,600 tonnes, almost 1% up on the previous year. French imports, on the other hand, declined by 2% compared with the same period in 2013.

Producer share of retail pork price continues to fall

30 May 2014

According to the latest figures collected by AHDB/BPEX, in April, producers received an average 40% of the total retail pork price.

Rabobank forecasts ‘Not enough pork to go around’

30 May 2014

In its latest Pork Quarterly report, Rabobank forecasts that pork shortages will be a concern in many countries in the coming months.

Feed market update - 28 May 2014

28 May 2014

Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed. 

May Pig Market Trends out now

27 May 2014

The May edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday 27 May.

EU trade with Ukraine set to increase?

26 May 2014

Two recent announcements suggest that trade in pork between the EU and Ukraine is likely to increase in the coming months.

German trade weakens in the first quarter

24 May 2014

The EU’s largest pig meat producer, Germany, recorded a year-on-year decline of 8% in pork exports between January and March this year.

UK pig prices - week ended 24 May 2014

24 May 2014

The EU spec DAPP for the week ended 24 May was almost unchanged at 164.29p per kg compared with the previous week.

Market impact of PEDv spreading

22 May 2014

Latest figures from the US show that the number of new cases of PEDv has begun to slow. As well as the US, where the impact has so far been greatest, PEDv has also been reported in several other countries.

UK slaughterings down but production up

22 May 2014

Latest figures published by Defra recorded a 1% decline in UK clean pig slaughterings in April, to 937,200 head. However, with heavier carcase weights, total pig meat production in April increased 1% on the year to 79,000 tonnes.

Threat of El Niño Developing in 2014

22 May 2014

El Niño is a weather phenomenon, which occurs roughly every 2 to 7 years. Many forecasters are suggesting that an El Niño is increasingly likely to develop during 2014.

German market stabilising after tough times

21 May 2014

Germany sits at the centre of the EU pig market; it is the largest producer, exporter and consumer of pig meat. This makes it the market to watch for the industry across the EU.

Feed market update - 21 May 2014

21 May 2014

Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.

Global pork supplies tightening

20 May 2014

According to recent forecasts, pork supplies are likely to be tight in many parts of the world this year.

EU pig prices strengthening

20 May 2014

In April, EU pig prices recovered from the sharp ASF-related declines in February and early March. Provisional figures showed that the EU pig price averaged around €163.50 per 100kg in April, up around €8 from the previous month.

Russian imports fall due to ban on EU pork

20 May 2014

Russian pork imports in the first quarter of this year were 22% down on a year earlier at 85,000 tonnes. This follows Russia’s blocking of imports of pork from the EU in early February, after the African Swine Fever cases in Lithuania and Poland.

UK pig prices - week ended 17 May 2014

17 May 2014

The EU-spec DAPP for the week ended 17 May rose marginally to 161.23p per kg.

Feed market update - 14 May 2014

14 May 2014

Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.

UK pig prices - week ended 10 May 2014

10 May 2014

The EU-spec DAPP edged up to 164.01p per kg for the week ended 10 May, up 0.11p on the week before.

Feed market update - 7 May 2014

07 May 2014

Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.

UK pig prices - week ended 3 May 2014

03 May 2014

The EU-spec DAPP edged up in the latest week, ended 3 May, to 163.90p per kg.