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Spanish exports see strong growth

29 February 2016

For 2015, exports of Spanish pork increased 17% on the year earlier to 1.23 million tonnes.

EU weaner price rises could mean tighter supplies

26 February 2016

Weaner prices across the EU have firmed significantly since early December, with the EU average reference price rising from below €32 per head to over €40 during that time.

Emerging Asian markets provide opportunities

26 February 2016

Read our analysis of opportunities in Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

March UK Pig Meat Market Update out now

26 February 2016

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

Feed market update - 24 February 2016

24 February 2016

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

UK pig prices - week ended 20 February 2016

24 February 2016

The EU-spec SPP fell slightly in the week ending 20 February 2016, by 0.57p to 112.32p/kg. 

EU pork exports up in 2015

22 February 2016

Total EU pork exports grew by 11% in 2015 versus a year earlier, to 1.74 million tonnes. This was despite the Russian ban, which has been in place since early 2014.

Fresh pork struggling to attract retail demand

22 February 2016

GB pig prices have been under pressure in recent years. In part, this is because of increasing supplies on the UK market, due to both higher domestic production and rising imports. However, as always, demand is also part of the equation.

Uncertainty in global markets could present opportunities

19 February 2016

A slowdown in growth in China, weak commodity prices, low bond yields, weak global trade and a fall in the oil price have combined to create uncertainty in global financial markets and increase volatility, with implications for the pork market.

Spanish growth limits EU herd decline

19 February 2016

As expected, the EU pig breeding herd declined during 2015, following the difficult financial conditions faced by producers during the year.

High weights, more sows add to pork production

19 February 2016

Pig meat production in the UK continued to outpace beef production in January, according to the latest DEFRA figures. Output increased by 4% compared with the same period last year, to 85,700 tonnes.

UK pig prices - week ended 13 February 2016

17 February 2016

The EU-spec SPP fell slightly in the week ending 13 February by 0.53p to 112.89 p/kg.

Feed market update - 17 February 2016

17 February 2016

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

Producer share of retail price hits new low

16 February 2016

The percentage of the retail pork price received by producers fell further in January, to below 32%.

Brexit and competitiveness in focus at Outlook 2016

16 February 2016

Challenges facing the pork sector haven’t been far from the headlines in recent weeks and the UK’s other livestock sectors have faced similar challenges over the last year. This was the backdrop to last week’s AHDB Outlook Conference.

UK pork imports decrease in December

12 February 2016

Imports of fresh and frozen pork to the UK slightly decreased in volume in December, by 1% on the previous year.

EU pig prices hold steady

12 February 2016

Pig prices in the EU have been largely stable over the last few weeks, after firming slightly at the start of the year.

Danish breeding herd starting to fall

11 February 2016

Provisional figures from the 1 January pig census show that the number of pigs in Denmark remained stable in 2015, ending the year at 12.7 million head.

UK pig prices - week ended 6 February 2016

10 February 2016

The EU-spec SPP fell 1.30p to 113.42p/kg in the week ending 6 February, as the industry sees the pig price decline for the 12th consecutive week.

Gammon leads the way for pig meat at Christmas

10 February 2016

Hard Discounters, led by Lidl, were the key winners during the Christmas period.

Limited growth in US & Canadian exports

10 February 2016

US pork exports in 2015 increased by 2% year on year to just over 1.5 million tonnes. Canadian pork exports recorded a slightly smaller increase of 1% year on year. 

Feed market update - 10 February 2016

10 February 2016

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

Mixed picture for Asian importers

10 February 2016

Overall imports of pork to key Asian countries (excluding China, which was reported last week) increased in 2015. Consumer demand remained firm, whilst domestic supplies could not output enough to service increasing demand.

Compound pig feed production 2% up on the year

10 February 2016

Total UK animal feed production for the first half of this crop season (July-December) increased by 0.4% compared to the same point last year, to 6.59Mt, according to the latest usage data released by Defra.

Outlook remains challenging for producers

09 February 2016

Supplies of pig meat on the UK market are likely to increase further in 2016, according to latest forecasts from AHDB Pork.

UK Pig Prices - week ended 30 January 2016

03 February 2016

Whilst the EU-spec SPP price fell once again last week, it was at the slowest rate seen since before Christmas (week ending 12 December 2015). The price fell by 0.45p to 114.72 p/kg in the week ending 30 January 2016.

Feed market update - 3 February 2016

03 February 2016

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

Pig farm incomes down sharply

03 February 2016

The average Farm Business Income (FBI) for specialist pig farms is set to fall in 2015/16 by 46% year on year, from £49,400 to £26,500, according to the latest forecasts from Defra.

EU sow prices steady

02 February 2016

Since the start of the year, EU sow prices have generally been stable.