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SPP similar to last week

28 November 2018

The EU-spec SPP stabilised in the week ended 24 November, falling by just 0.05p in comparison to the previous week, to 143.52p/kg.

Japanese pork imports steady despite volatile global markets

28 November 2018

Japanese import volumes of fresh/frozen pork for the year to September were relatively stable, down just 0.1% on the year to 684,000 tonnes. Similarly, the value of these imports fell by the same percentage to 360 billion yen. This stability comes despite some volatility in the Japanese pork wholesale markets as they have responded to global trade developments and the outbreak of ASF in China.

Above average margins for GB producers in 2017

28 November 2018

Despite having the largest rise in feed costs, pig producers in Great Britain were amongst the most profitable in 2017.

Pork flies as average retail prices fall

27 November 2018

During the 12 weeks ended 4 November, GB retail sales of total pig meat* increased in volume by 1.4% year-on-year, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.

EU sow prices turbulent towards the end of summer

26 November 2018

After a relatively stable summer, some movement has been recorded in EU sow prices in more recent weeks.

UK trade in pork products slows in September

22 November 2018

UK trade in pig meat fell again in September, as both exports and imports declined compared with a year ago, according to the latest figures from HMRC. In the year to date, pig meat imports are now 4% lower than in the same period in 2017, while exports are on a par with year earlier levels.

SPP still falling, but some uplift for the APP

21 November 2018

At 143.57p/kg, the EU-spec SPP fell by 0.35p, compared to a week earlier, in the week ended 17 November. This latest quote continues to run below last year’s price, down by just over 10p.

UK pig slaughter during October- not as high as expected

21 November 2018

Following a decline in September, UK clean pig slaughterings were up over 4%, compared with a year before, in October. According to figures from Defra, 963,000 clean pigs were killed during the month.

South Korea drives EU export growth

21 November 2018

EU pork exports reached the highest level since April in September, primarily thanks to a surge in shipments to South Korea.

Feed Report- November

21 November 2018

Read our commentary on the latest developments in the global cereal and oilseeds markets.

EU pig prices spread out

20 November 2018

Following the trend set in early September, the EU reference pig price has continued to decline, according to data from the European Commission.

Pig price continues to decline

14 November 2018

During the week ending 10 November, the EU-spec SPP declined by 0.41p on the week to 143.92p/kg, 10.12p lower than the same week in 2017.

African Swine Fever and trade war impact Chinese pig market

14 November 2018

ASF has become a major issue within China since our last update. 

Danish pig herd growing at a slower rate

14 November 2018

According to the latest figures from Statistics Denmark, the number of pigs in Denmark on 1 October 2018 was 2.3% above year earlier levels, at 13 million head. Although the herd is still in growth, this represents a decrease in the rate of expansion since the July census, when the total pig herd had grown 3.3% on 2017.

Use of maize in animal feed production increases

14 November 2018

In total during quarter three of 2018 GB animal feed production totalled almost 3.5 million tonnes, up 4% year-on-year, according to the latest data from AHDB. This figure includes feed for poultry (including integrated poultry units) as well as feed for pigs, cattle and sheep.

Poultry market update – November 2018

08 November 2018

Alongside pork, beef and lamb, poultry is another popular meat protein choice for consumers and competes as a rival against the red meat proteins. So although poultry is not a sector AHDB covers in depth, understanding developments in the poultry industry can offer some insight into potential implications for red meat demand.

SPP continues downward trend as APP steadies

07 November 2018

During the week ending 3 November, the EU-spec SPP fell once again, by 0.84p to average the week on 144.33p/kg. 

South Korean pork imports continue to rise

06 November 2018

Despite the expectation that South Korean imports of fresh/frozen pork would slow as the year progressed due to increased domestic production, imports have actually increased by 15% on the year, to 430,700 tonnes in the year to September.

EU production growth slows in August, but still up in the year to date

06 November 2018

EU pig meat production fell slightly in August, compared with both July and year earlier levels. However, production remains 3% higher across the bloc in the year to date compared with 2017, according to data from Eurostat.

Rising farmgate prices push up FBI, but increased feed costs prevent further rises

05 November 2018

Defra has now released Farm Business Income (FBI) data for England for 2017/18. Average Farm Business Income increased for all farms apart from specialist pig farms, according to the Farm Business Survey (FBS) data from Defra. Perhaps un-surprisingly, exchange rate changes were a large influencing factor. A weaker pound leading to price rises for a number of commodities, and increasing the value of the Basic Payment, which was 13% higher year-on-year.

Profitability- could physical performance be key? Part 2

05 November 2018

Previously, AHDB has explored how rising production costs have been contributing to narrowing producer margins this year. The latest figures show that, on average, farrow-to-finish operations were making just £1/head in the second quarter of 2018, while finishers were back in the red. There will clearly be variation between producers, with some still able to make good profits.

Burgers and sausages continue to bring home the bacon

05 November 2018

The latest retail data for GB has now been released and the 12 week trend has changed little since the previous update. During the 12 weeks ending 7 October burgers and sausages continued to sell well, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.