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The number of English pig abattoirs remained stable in 2016

31 March 2017

The long term trend of declining numbers of pig-slaughtering abattoirs in England appears to have stabilised.


29 March 2017

The EU-spec SPP rose for the fourth consecutive week, in week ending 25 March. At 151.70p/kg, the current quote is 0.66p up week on week and is almost 39p higher than the same week in 2016. 

Have Danish pork imports really expanded?

28 March 2017

According to HMRC data published by Global Trade Atlas (hereafter GTA/HMRC), imports of Danish pork to the UK grew by a substantial 73% on the year during 2016, almost reaching 170,000 tonnes shipped weight (sw).

Feed market update – March 2017

28 March 2017

Read our commentary on latest developments in the global cereals and oilseed markets.

Lacklustre UK retail sales continue

27 March 2017

The 12 weeks to 26 February were a mixed bag for pig meat sales, with some differences between categories, according to data provided by Kantar Worldpanel.

EU slaughterings developments defy expectations

23 March 2017

Surprisingly, pig slaughterings within the EU were marginally up for 2016 as a whole, given the decline in the breeding herd reported in both December 2015 and June 2016.

UK pig herd increasing in December

22 March 2017

Defra figures from the 1 December 2016 pig survey show a modest increase in the overall UK pig herd, by 3% to 4.5 million head.

UK pig prices- week ended 18 March

22 March 2017

In week ending 18 March, the EU-spec SPP rose for the third consecutive week, by 0.86p to settle at 151.04p/kg.

Ongoing positivity for EU pig prices

22 March 2017

UK producers, like those across the EU, are currently experiencing much more positive market conditions than this time last year.

EU Pork exports go from strength to strength

21 March 2017

After a successful 2016, exports of fresh and frozen pork from Europe started the New Year strongly. Volumes exported from the EU-28 in January were up more than 20% compared with the same month last year, at 187,300 tonnes.

Producers share of retail price hits highest in 31 months

20 March 2017

The share of pork retail prices received by producers rose in February, averaging 40.5%. This represents half a percentage point increase on January and the largest share since July 2014.

Pig throughputs down again in February

17 March 2017

UK clean pig slaughterings in February were 12% lower than the same month in 2016, at 769 thousand head, according to latest figures from Defra. 


15 March 2017

In week ending 11 March, the EU-spec SPP rose for the second week in a row, at 150.18p/kg, an increase of 0.24p. 

Tighter supplies impact January pork trade

15 March 2017

At 16.8 thousand tonnes, UK fresh/frozen pork exports during January showed a small decline on the same month a year earlier, of less than 1%.

Will latest WTO ruling enable EU trade with Russia to resume?

15 March 2017

Russian pork imports declined again during 2016, with shipments for the year dropping below 300,000 tonnes for the first time since 2000. One reason for this is that trade with the EU has been affected by the implementation of bans in 2014. But are some parts of this trade about to resume?

EU pig prices range-bound, for now

13 March 2017

EU-28 prices for pig meat have remained range-bound in the year so far, although there is reason for suppliers to be optimistic about market conditions in the coming months.

Troubling times for EU pig meat demand

13 March 2017

Demand for pig meat in the EU again declined in 2016 which has not only resulted in lower consumption but also stable or even falling retail prices. Processed products, which are generally more widely consumed than fresh pork, also showed volume reductions, albeit to a smaller degree.

Further growth for Spanish exports

09 March 2017

In 2016, exports of Spanish pork rose by 18% compared to the previous year, to 1.47 million tonnes. This is the third consecutive year of strong growth in Spanish exports. The increase comes as a result of high levels of demand in China and 5% higher production in Spain. The average unit price of shipments in euro terms remained stable at €2.15/kg, meaning the value of shipments was also up by 18%, to €3.16 billion.

UK pig prices- week ended 4 March

08 March 2017

The EU-spec SPP rose by 0.35p in the week ending 4 March 2017, to 149.94p/kg. This price is nearly 38p higher than in the same week a year ago.

EU weaner prices skyrocket

07 March 2017

The EU average weaner price has surged over the past three months, climbing over €11 to stand at a shade under €54 per head for week ended 26 February. This is the highest average weaner price on record.

Record exports & roller coaster prices- the global pork market in 2016

06 March 2017

Pork export volumes from the four major pig meat exporters (the EU, US, Canada and Brazil) excelled last year, exceeding 5.5 million tonnes. On top of this, based on prices from the aforementioned countries, the value of the market also recovered from the lows seen early in 2016.

Cereals usage for animal feed forecast to climb

06 March 2017

Demand for cereals for UK animal feed production this season (July 16 – June 17) is expected to increase by 1% on the year at 12.36 million tonnes.

Northern Irish pig herd unchanged in 2016

03 March 2017

As at the 1 December 2016, the total pig herd in Northern Ireland increased very slightly to 534,500 head, from 533,400 in the previous year, according to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland.

Consumer confidence remains positive

03 March 2017

Consumer confidence is a measure of how people feel about present and future financial circumstances, both for themselves and for the wider economy. When the index is high, consumers are expected to increase their spending on goods and services; when low, a decrease in spending is usually anticipated.

English pig herd relatively stable in December

03 March 2017

As at 1 December 2016, the UK pig herd stood at 3.6 million head, 2% (78,000 head) higher year on year, according to the latest Defra livestock survey.

March UK Pig Meat Market Update Out Now

02 March 2017

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


01 March 2017

The EU-spec SPP fell by 0.22p in week ended 25 February, to 149.59p/kg.

Pig farm incomes forecast to recover

01 March 2017

The average Farm Business Income (FBI) for specialist pig farms in England is seen to have more than doubled in 2016/17 year on year, from £21,600 to £57,000, according to the latest forecasts from Defra.