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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.