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May Pig Market Trends out now

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

As well as the usual summary of developments in the UK and EU pig markets and the global feed market over the last month, this month’s issue includes more detailed articles on:

  • Beef and Lamb. The last year has been a challenging one for pig producers, with prices falling steadily. However, prices for most agricultural commodities are also low and this is certainly true of the cattle and sheep markets. To find out more, read this article which updates the situation for pork producers’ competitors.
  • Poultry. One of the big challenges faced by red meat producers is the continuing reliance of UK consumers on poultry meat. So how did the UK poultry industry fair in 2014? Many of the answers can be found in the Pig and Poultry Pocketbook, released by AHDB this month. This article analyses some of the key information contained in the Pocketbook.
  • Germany. German pig prices have been low so far this year. The situation might have been even worse but for strong sales to Asian markets, helped by the weak euro. Nevertheless, most producers have been in the red since last summer and there are signs this could lead to tighter supplies from the end of this year. Read more about the latest situation in this article.
  • China. While much of the world was experiencing high pig prices and low input costs during 2014, the reverse was true in China. This led to a sharp fall in the breeding herd and is projected to mean lower production this year, which will inevitably lead to greater export opportunities. Our latest analysis of the Chinese market can be found in this article.
  • Easter. In the run up to the Easter weekend, lamb and beef sales recorded growth but this was offset by slight declines in chicken and significant reductions in pork sales. This article provides more on retail sales at Easter.

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