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Danish pork sector feeling the effects of low prices

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As the UK’s leading supplier of imported pig meat, developments in Denmark are always of interest to the domestic industry. 

In common with the rest of Europe, Danish pig producers experienced a period of very low prices in late 2015 and early 2016. The impact of this is apparent in a drop in the Danish breeding herd, to its lowest level in nearly two decades, and reduced output from the sector. Nevertheless, exports have held up so far this year, boosted by strong sales to China.

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Although it hasn’t happened yet, a sustained reduction in Danish production could eventually lead to lower exports to the UK, at least for a while, adding to the tight supply situation on the domestic market. However, with the UK representing a lucrative market for Denmark, particularly for loins and legs, it will undoubtedly continue to be a major and influential supplier.

To read more about recent trends in the Danish pork market, click here.

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Stephen Howarth, Market Specialist Manager
Stephen.howarth@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8856