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NI pig herd continues to expand

28 February 2018

As at 1 December, the total pig herd in Northern Ireland stood at 631,100 head. This is 18% higher than in December 2016, and continues the growth seen in the June survey, according to provisional results from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

Pig prices resume the downward trend

28 February 2018

GB pig prices declined in the week ended 24 February, with the EU-spec SPP falling 0.41p on the week to stand at 145.66p/kg.

Grain markets bullish, but mixed picture for oilseeds

28 February 2018

Grain markets have been largely bullish over the course of the past month (26 January-22 February).

Will a pledge against plastic change how food gets wrapped up?

28 February 2018

Innovation in food packaging formats continues to expand usefulness and improve the ability for consumers to engage with products.

EU breeding herd increasing

28 February 2018

According to the latest census results published by Eurostat, the total EU pig population for December 2017 (excluding Bulgaria) totalled 149.5 million, up 2% on the year.

Pork sales growth stalls in January

28 February 2018

In contrast to the latter half of 2017, the new year got off to a slow start for the pork retail market.

Slight uplift in GB pig prices

21 February 2018

In week ended 17 February, the EU-spec SPP climbed a modest 0.15p to stand at 146.07p/kg.

French pig meat exports down for the fifth consecutive year

21 February 2018

In 2017, France exported 5% less pork compared to 2016, totalling over 423,000 tonnes.

EU production was up again in November

21 February 2018

The latest figures from Eurostat indicate that slaughterings rose just under 1% on year earlier levels during November, reaching 22.1 million head.

Strong December trade, but EU exports lower overall in 2017

19 February 2018

The latest statistics from Eurostat indicate that EU fresh/frozen pork exports returned to growth in December, gaining 9% on year earlier levels to reach 181,900 tonnes.

Production significantly higher in January

19 February 2018

UK clean pig slaughterings totalled 928,900 head in January, 8% higher than year earlier levels according to latest data from Defra. While the year-on-year increase may be somewhat inflated by the extra working day in the month this year, compared to 2017, the direction of travel is clear.

Producer share of retail price lowest for over a year

19 February 2018

The share of the final pork retail price received by the producer recorded a drop of almost one percentage point in January, to under 40%.

GB pig prices record a decline after stability last week - 10 Feb 2018

14 February 2018

During the week ending 10 February, GB pig prices declined again, with the EU spec SPP falling 0.88p on the week, to 145.92p/kg. This follows just a week of stability with pig prices have recorded a downwards trend since the middle of 2017.

Further EU pig price drop

14 February 2018

EU pig prices have significantly fallen since the beginning of January. The EU reference price had been continually declining up to the most recent week ending 4 February, when prices actually saw some recovery and rose slightly.

GB pig feed production slightly up on the year

14 February 2018

GB pig feed production in 2017 totalled 1.8 million tonnes, a modest 0.3% increase year-on-year, according to the latest Defra dataset.

Danish herd growth continues to accelerate

14 February 2018

The latest figures from Statistics Denmark indicate that as at 1 January 2018, the Danish total pig herd was over 4% larger than year earlier levels at 12.8 million head.

Highest pork exports since 1998 in 2017

14 February 2018

Exports of fresh/frozen pork increased by a further 5% in 2017, reaching 216,000 tonnes. As global export prices were also higher, the increase in value terms was even stronger, growing 16% year-on-year to stand at £293.5 million.

GB pig prices steady - week ending 3 February

07 February 2018

GB pig prices remained steady in the week ended 3 February, with EU spec SPP slightly falling by 0.03p to 146.80p/kg. This stability follows a decline of 1.42p/kg in the previous week. Industry reports suggest that supply is currently above demand therefore it is not clear if this period of stability can be maintained.

Weaner prices heading back to “normal” levels

07 February 2018

Like finished pig prices, weaner prices have also been on a declining trend since the latter half of 2017. In fact, by week ended 27 January, the 7kg weaner price was 19% lower than in early August, at £36.65/head. The 30kg weaner price was also a noticeable 13% lower over the same time period.

Global meat prices for January 2018 are up on the year

06 February 2018

In January 2018 the FAO food price index remained stable from December 2017, recording a very modest 0.2 point rise to 169.5 points, 3% down on the year.

EU set to benefit from Japan’s increasing demand for pork

06 February 2018

After China, Italy and Germany, Japan is the world’s fourth biggest importer of fresh and frozen pork, and the importance of this already huge market is still growing. EU exporters sent 335,000 tonnes of pork to Japan in 2017, according to Japan’s Ministry of Finance.

Premium pigs hit harder in current price decline?

06 February 2018

In the four weeks ended 20 January, the APP declined by 2.76p, over 0.5p more than the SPP over the same period.

February UK Pig Meat Market Update Out Now

05 February 2018

The February edition of the UK pig meat market update is now available.