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Pig farm business incomes slip in 2014/15

30 January 2015

According to latest forecasts from Defra, the average pig farm business income will be lower in 2014/15 than the year before but will still be higher than in the previous five years.

EU maintains two thirds share of Chinese imports

29 January 2015

Chinese pork imports decreased by 3% on the year in 2014, bucking the trend of the previous four years.

UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

29 January 2015

The February edition of our UK pig meat market update is out now.

Feed market update - 28 January 2015

28 January 2015

Read our latest summary of developments on global markets for cereals and oilseeds.

UK pig prices - week ended 24 January 2015

28 January 2015

For the week ended 24 January, the EU-spec GB SPP averaged 139.90p, a fall of 0.92p on the week, the fifteenth weekly drop in sixteen weeks.

Deflation, low growth and political uncertainty: trouble in the EU

28 January 2015

The pound has hit a seven year high against the euro in the last few days as a series of events influence currency markets. This could have implications for pig markets.

Russian imports hit by trade bans

27 January 2015

New Russian trade figures show that pork imports were down 40% last year due to restrictions affecting the EU, Canada and the US. Prices have risen dramatically as a result.

January Pig Market Trends out now

27 January 2015

The January edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday, including articles on 2014 in review, weaner prices, the US outlook and the Danish market.

South Korean imports up on the year

26 January 2015

South Korea imported 24% more pork in 2014 due to depressed domestic production and robust consumer demand.

More EU pigs killed in October

22 January 2015

EU pig slaughterings data for October from Eurostat indicate an increase on the year of 2%, to 22.7 million head.

Danish industry having to adapt to new challenges

22 January 2015

Read about the challenges facing the Danish pig industry.

UK pig prices - week ended 17 January 2015

21 January 2015

The EU-spec GB SPP for the week ended 17 January averaged 140.82p per kg. This is a slight fall of 0.88p on the week and the price has already dropped over 3p since Christmas. 

How do weaner prices respond to pig & feed prices?

21 January 2015

Read about our new analysis of the relationship between prices for weaners, finished pigs and feed.

Feed market update - 21 January 2015

21 January 2015

Read our latest summary of developments on global markets for cereals and oilseeds.

EU pork exports down in November

20 January 2015

Exports of pork from the EU were down on a year earlier in November 2014. As the impasse with Russia remains, Asian markets continue to be the key destination for EU pork.

US production set to boom in 2015

19 January 2015

Read our analysis of prospects for the US market in the coming year

EU pig prices still falling

19 January 2015

The close of the year did not bring good news for European pig producers and the New Year has brought no change, with prices averaging €131 per 100kg in the week ended 11 January, down €28 on this week last year.

High supplies continue in December

15 January 2015

Latest figures from Defra confirm that UK pigs were in plentiful supply during December.

UK pig prices - week ended 10 January 2015

14 January 2015

For the week ending 10 January, the EU-spec GB SPP was down 0.74p on the week to 141.70p per kg.

Feed market update - 14 January 2015

14 January 2015

Having come close to the £140/t mark on 7 January, UK feed wheat futures have since dropped to a 4-week low.

Falling prices fail to deliver sales uplift

13 January 2015

Despite a fall in average retail prices, the amount of pork bought in the latest 12-week period, ending 7 December, fell by 4% over the year.

Lower prices not pulling in imports

12 January 2015

Despite EU prices remaining well below those in the UK, imports of pig meat were again lower than a year earlier in November. UK pork exports during November were 16% down on the same month in 2013 due to some short-term disruptions.

Brazil continues to increase exports to Russia

12 January 2015

Total pork exports from Brazil were 21,250 tonnes (5%) lower in 2014 than 2013. However, the end of the year has seen no let-up in the momentum of Brazilian pork exports destined for Russia, as they fill the gap left by banned EU and Canadian product.

Producer price share lowest of year in December

09 January 2015

During December of last year, the producer share of the final retail price of pork remained at 38%, only slightly down on the previous month, according to AHDB/BPEX estimates. However, with farmgate prices falling slightly faster than retail prices, the two continued to diverge in December, with the highest percentage difference between them since early 2012.

A year to forget in 2014 – what about 2015?

09 January 2015

From a price point of view, 2014 will be a year to forget for pig producers. A combination of factors contributed to the price declines but things could have been worse.

Industry prospects in focus at AHDB Outlook 2015

08 January 2015

Prospects for the pig sector, along with the other major UK livestock sectors, will come under the spotlight at the 2015 AHDB Outlook Conference in Westminster on Wednesday February 11.

Feed market update - 7 January 2015

07 January 2015

Over the festive period, UK May-15 feed wheat futures peaked at £140.75/t on 24 December, although they fell back to close at £136 on 2 January.

UK pig prices - week ended 3 January 2015

07 January 2015

At the start of 2015, the EU-spec GB SPP averaged 142.44p per kg for the week ending 3 January, down 1.49p on the week.

UK pig prices - week ended 27 December 2014

05 January 2015

Over the Christmas week, ending 27 December, the EU-spec GB SPP increased marginally to 143.93p per kg, ending an eleven week downward trend to exceed prices of a fortnight earlier.

US pig herd recovery continues

02 January 2015

Latest figures from the US Department of Agriculture confirm that the recovery of the US pig industry from PEDv is well underway. The new figures support earlier forecasts of a significant rise in US pig meat production in 2015, which would mean more competition for the EU on export markets.