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Steadying decline in GB pig prices

29 November 2017

The EU-spec SPP continued its descent in week ended 25 November, falling 0.42p to 153.24p/kg. The current quote is just 2.5p higher year on year; the smallest premium over year earlier levels since August 2016.

Feed market update – November 2017

29 November 2017

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

Weaker currency boosts competitiveness of GB pig production

29 November 2017

Great Britain was the only member country to record a decline in pig production costs in sterling terms last year, according to the latest pig production costs report from InterPIG. The InterPIG group consists of a selection of organisations from key producing countries, with AHDB representing GB.

Slight expansion in Welsh pig herd

29 November 2017

The number of pigs in Wales is significantly lower than that of England and Northern Ireland, but does contribute to total UK production. As at 1 June, the estimated number of pigs in Wales was almost 6% (1,300 head) higher on the year, at a total of 24,500 head, according to the results of the June Agricultural and Horticultural Survey.

China no longer dominating the decline in EU pig meat exports

28 November 2017

EU fresh/frozen pork exports remained behind year earlier levels in September, with volumes falling nearly 8% on 2016 levels to 161.6 thousand tonnes. With average unit prices showing little change from the month last year, in value terms the market also declined 7%, to €387 million.

Decline continues for EU sow prices

28 November 2017

EU sow prices have been on a generally declining trend for almost six months, reflecting the downwards pressure also being felt on the finished pig market.

Smaller decline for GB pig prices

22 November 2017

The EU-spec SPP recorded a more modest decline in week ended 18 November, falling just 0.38p on the previous week to 153.66p/kg.

UK pork exports to China continue to grow

22 November 2017

UK pork shipments to China continued to evade the slowdown in the Chinese market during September.

EU pig price decline decelerates

22 November 2017

EU pig prices continued to decline over the previous four-week period, albeit at a slower pace.

Production buoyed by carcase weights in October

22 November 2017

UK clean pig slaughterings totalled 908,800 head in October, 4% higher on the year, according to latest data from Defra.

Third consecutive month of being in decline for producer’s share of retail prices

20 November 2017

The producer share of the retail pork price decreased by one percentage point on the month during October to 42%, on par with the level recorded in April.

Brazilian pork exports limited by dwindling Chinese shipments

20 November 2017

Brazilian pork exports remained behind the record levels of last year in Q3, falling 7% to 160.2 thousand tonnes.

Scottish industry in the spotlight

15 November 2017

The latest AHDB Horizon report highlights the risks and opportunities Brexit presents for Scottish farm businesses and the food and drink supply chain.

Russia closes gaps in agri-food import ban

15 November 2017

Last month, Russia announced it was extending the list of agricultural products banned from import under the politically motivated ban first implemented in August 2014. Imports restricted under this ban now include live pigs (except purebred breeding animals), pork fat as well as several other types of edible by-products.

Mexican pork producers hoping to boost exports

15 November 2017

In the period from January to August Mexico exported 79.8 thousand tonnes of fresh/frozen pork.

GB pig prices drop again

15 November 2017

In the week ended 11 November, the EU-spec SPP declined 1.12p on the week to stand at 154.04p/kg, now 4.18p above year earlier levels.

Frozen food - no longer the poor relation?

15 November 2017

The frozen food category is now worth more than £6 billion annually (Kantar Worldpanel, 52 w/e October 2017), increasing by an impressive £300 million compared to last year.

Danish pig herd expansion accelerates- could production growth follow?

15 November 2017

According to the latest figures from Statistics Denmark, the number of pigs in Denmark on 1 October was 3% higher than year earlier levels.

GB pig prices in steady descent

08 November 2017

In the week ended 4 November, the EU-spec SPP declined 0.87p, marking the eleventh week of consecutive declines.

Increasing production to challenge South Korean pork imports

08 November 2017

In the year to September, South Korean pork imports have expanded 8% year-on-year to 376.6 thousand tonnes.

US pork exports stall - for now

08 November 2017

Despite strong growth in the first half of the year, US pork exports lost some momentum in Q3.

Pork sales back in the black

07 November 2017

Volume sales of fresh/frozen pork were up 3% on the previous year for the 12 weeks ended 8 October, according the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

GB pig feed production continues to increase

03 November 2017

In September total GB compound pig feed production was 4% (5,900 tonnes) higher year on year at 163,500 tonnes, according to latest Defra data.

GB pig prices record another fall

01 November 2017

In the week ended 28 October the EU-spec SPP recorded another decrease on the previous week, falling 1.04p to 156.03p/kg.

In depth: Chinese pork imports remain in the shadow of 2016

01 November 2017

While still well above 2015 levels, the Chinese pork import market has fallen behind the exceptional performance of 2016 in recent months. With China the largest single country pork importer, what might this mean for the UK and global pork market?

Climbing pig prices outweigh minor increased production cost in Q2

01 November 2017

Each quarter the AHDB publishes the estimated cost of pig production in GB.  The latest data shows that in Q2 this year the estimated cost of GB pig production increased by 6% on the same period in 2016, to 141p/kg. 

Highest pork production since 1999 in 2018?

01 November 2017

Following a modest decline this year, UK pig meat production looks set to move up in 2018.

Pig farm incomes rocket in 2016/17

01 November 2017

The average Farm Business Income (FBI) for specialist pig farms in England grew by 167% on the year in 2016/17, from £21,600 to £57,800, according to latest data from Defra.