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French pig meat exports pick up in first quarter

23 May 2019

In the first quarter of the year French pig meat exports (including offal) totalled 169,200 tonnes, 3% higher than the same period in 2018. This contrasts with the second half of last year, when exports were falling sharply.

Q1 pig feed production update

23 May 2019

Our latest feed production data shows:

  • Production of grower feed has increased by 88,900 tonnes on the year
  • Production of finishing feed has seen a 3% drop on the year
  • Production of breeding feed increased by 5% on the year during Q1

FAO forecasts a drop in global pork production

23 May 2019

The latest FAO Food Outlook has been published, outlining updated production forecasts for the global meat industry for 2019. The report details global trade market outlooks for the year particularly in the face of African Swine Fever.

US pork exports struggle as Canada makes headway

23 May 2019

US pork trade has been struggling over the last few months. Various tariffs imposed on US agricultural products have been limiting export volumes in the first quarter of 2019. Meanwhile Canada has been making the most of increased demand in China.

SPP up 1.51p but still below last year's prices

22 May 2019

In the week ended 18 May the EU-spec SPP rose 1.51p to average 144.45p/kg during the week.

African Swine Fever is widespread in Vietnam

20 May 2019

The latest report from the OIE, confirms over 2000 new cases of ASF, affecting more than 1.3 million domestic pigs.

Pork production increases in April

16 May 2019

Clean pig slaughter in April was up by 1%, to 888,700 head, according to Defra data released this morning (Thursday 16th May). This keeps pig slaughter for the year roughly in line with the same period of 2018.

Danish pig herd declines in April census

16 May 2019

The Danish pig herd fell by 4.4% to total 12.2 million head as at 1 April, compared with the same period last year according to Statistic Denmark. The figures show a reduction of 3.8% in the size of the pig herd since January.

Fresh pork hogs the limelight during Easter

15 May 2019

Sales of pork in the 12 weeks ending 21 April:

  •          Volumes of fresh & frozen pork increased by 4.7%
  •          Household penetration of shoulder roasting joints increased by 21%
  •          Total pig meat* sales down on the year

SPP lifts on tighter supply

15 May 2019

In the week ended 11 May the EU-spec SPP rose 1.26p to average the week on 142.94p/kg. Increasing demand in Europe continues to feed through to UK prices.

Challenging start to the year knocks Japanese imports back

14 May 2019

Japanese imports of pig meat this year have fallen considerably. In the year-to-March, imports of pig meat (including offal) totalled 269,000 tonnes, 6% less (16,000 tonnes) less than last year.

SPP continues to gain traction

08 May 2019

The EU-spec SPP continued to gain momentum in the week ended 4 May. A rise of 1.84p means the price for the week averaged 141.68p/kg. This is largest weekly rise the SPP has recorded since August 2016.

South Korean pork imports stable in the first quarter of 2019

08 May 2019

South Korean imports of fresh and frozen pork were relatively stable on the year in the first quarter of 2019. Total imports fell by just 0.5% to 146,200 tonnes from January to March compared to the year before. This follows a year of surging domestic demand for pork, as imports rose by nearly 17% in 2018 from the year before.

Russia increases production, reducing reliance on imports

08 May 2019

Since 2014, Russia has reduced reliance on pork imports, with bans on all EU pork products implemented in August 2014. A number of other western countries have also had embargos placed on their products. Russia hasn’t sought to replace these products, instead increasing domestic production.

EU pig prices continue upwards

08 May 2019

During April, EU pig prices continued to track upwards, with the reference price gaining almost €20 over the past four weeks. During the week ending 28 April, the reference price stood at €169.53/100kg, according to European Commission data. This is €27 higher than a year ago.

Feed grain report 11 March – 12 April

02 May 2019

UK delivered feed wheat prices rose slightly across the month as sterling levelled out on its February gains. UK barley prices reached a market floor as Brexit uncertainty contributed to a reduced demand.

China: Trade war outweighing ASF impact?

02 May 2019

Despite widespread reports that Chinese pork production is lower in the first months of the year, increased import demand for pork that was anticipated has not materialised in the data for the first quarter of 2019. Although on-going problems with African Swine Fever (ASF) are well known, reported pig meat imports declined in the first quarter, driven by lower offal imports.

SPP finally seems to turn a corner

01 May 2019

The EU-spec SPP for the week ended 27 April reached 139.84p/kg up 1.17p on the previous week. This represents the largest increase in a week since June last year and the highest price since the week ended 5 January 2019.

EU pig meat production starts 2019 with a whimper

01 May 2019

EU pig slaughter for January fell a little compared to January 2018, according to data from Eurostat. This followed a 4.5% decline in December, although total throughput in 2018 as a whole was 1.8% higher year-on-year. Pig meat production was flat at 2.2 million tonnes in January.

AHDB’s UK pig meat market outlook – April 2019

01 May 2019

UK pork production is forecast to grow this year and next, as are pig meat exports. Imports may be lower, as EU supplies are expected to remain tight. For more details on the sector’s improving prospects, read the latest production forecast released this week.

SPP just edging upward

24 April 2019

The EU-spec SPP for the week ended 20 April reached 138.67p/kg, a small increase (0.36p) on the previous week. Since the start of March, the SPP has risen by 1.24p.

There remain signs of an imminent uplift in demand, with a sharp rise in EU prices making this product less competitive on the UK market. Demand from China is also reportedly strong. However, the SPP remains 6.60p below year earlier levels at the moment.

Higher pig meat imports continue in February

24 April 2019

UK pork trade in February was more subdued than January. Imports were still higher year on year but export volumes were lower, despite a higher value. This is perhaps indicative of stockpiling efforts by processors preparing for the original Brexit date at the end of March.

New scenarios modelling: Pig farms could suffer post-Brexit

24 April 2019

AHDB has released a second set of scenarios, identifying the possible impacts of Brexit on the farm incomes in 2022.

The report models two scenarios: a free trade agreement between the UK and Europe (UK-EU FTA) and a “no-deal” Brexit where the UK trades with the EU under WTO rules (WTO: UK tariffs), applying its own import tariffs.

Brazil pork trade pivots back to Russia

24 April 2019

Brazilian exports of pig meat in the first quarter of 2019 were much the same as 2018 levels, totalling 160,000 tonnes. However, after having a ban on exports to Russia lifted, Brazilian exporters have shifted from their two largest markets (China and Hong Kong) to resume trade with Russia.

EU pork shipments up so far in 2019

24 April 2019

EU exports of fresh and frozen pork during January and February 2019 totalled 394,400 tonnes, up 8% year-on-year. This is according to the latest Eurostat figures.

Worsening forecasts for China’s ASF outbreaks

23 April 2019

Over the past few weeks, the serious effects of African Swine Fever in China have become clear.

Little change anticipated in EU production

23 April 2019

In its latest Short Term Outlook, the EU Commission forecasts there will be little change in EU pig meat production in 2019.

GB breeding herd productivity declines

18 April 2019

The latest physical performance data, provided to AHDB by Agrosoft, shows that GB breeding herd productivity declined in 2018. This is the first year performance has not improved since 2010.

Pig prices back on the rise

17 April 2019

After two consecutive weeks of decline in the EU-spec SPP, the measure has gained over half a penny in the most recent week. In the week ending 13 April, the measure firmed by 0.64p to average 138.31p/kg. It is possible that the strong demand for EU pork from China due to the ongoing epidemic of African Swine Fever has finally lent support to prices.

Dutch pork exports flat despite rising production

17 April 2019

In 2018, the Netherlands exported 902,100 tonnes of fresh/frozen pork, barely changing from 2017. This was despite higher Dutch production; provisional data from Eurostat shows an 8% (+112,500 tonnes) increase in 2018. Exports are crucial for the Dutch pig industry as it is over 200% self-sufficient. The value of these exports was also lower, amounting to €1.8 billion, down 5% on 2017.

Why aren’t UK pig prices moving up yet?

17 April 2019

In recent weeks, EU pig prices have shot up. This reflects a significant uplift in demand on the Chinese market, as African Swine Fever (ASF) starts to take a toll on supply levels. The EU average pig reference price reached 136.12p/kg in the week ended 7 April, and so now stands just 2p below the UK reference price. This means that when delivered to UK customers, standard UK pork will now be cheaper than the EU equivalent.

UK slaughter flat in the first quarter

17 April 2019

UK clean pig slaughter in March totalled 854,600 head, under 1% lower than the same month in 2018. Factory breakdowns had limited supplies for much of March, but higher throughput at the end of the month compensated for this.

A later Easter affects red meat sales

16 April 2019

In the 12 weeks ending 24 March, GB volume sales of primary red meat, poultry and bacon declined 3% year-on-year.

USDA expects ASF to cut global pork supplies

16 April 2019

The latest USDA* global outlook report anticipates global pork production will fall by 4% in 2019.

SPP falls again

10 April 2019

In the week ending 6 April, the EU-spec SPP declined for the second consecutive week. Prices fell by 0.06p to average 137.67p/kg. Prices still remain well over 7p below last year’s levels.

EU pig prices pick up the pace

10 April 2019

The EU pig price continued increasing during March with the reference price increasing €6.70 to average €142.62/100kg. The EU-28 price was €150.01/100kg in the week ended 31st March, the highest weekly price since the beginning of September 2018.

EU weaner prices motor upwards

10 April 2019

During quarter one of 2019, EU weaner prices have followed the typical pattern for the time of year and gained strength. During the week ending 31 March, the EU weaner reference price stood at €49.03/head, just above the five year average price but almost €3 below the same week last year.

Danish pork exports rise in 2018

10 April 2019

Between October-December 2018, Danish exports of fresh and frozen pork rose 2% year-on-year to reach 283,000 tonnes. This brought total export quantities for the year to 1.1 million tonnes, up 3% from 2017. Despite Denmark shipping more product abroad during the year, the total value of these exports fell by 9% to DKK 16.5 billion (€2.2 billion).

Chile - niche pork exporter

10 April 2019

Although a small exporter, Chile has premises licensed to ship pork to the EU. North American pork could become price-competitive under a no deal Brexit. What about Chilean pork?

Intra –EU pork trade steady in 2018

10 April 2019

Intra-EU pig meat trade (excl. offal) in 2018 declined only marginally (-0.5%) on 2017 levels. The trade flows in 2018 totalled around 7.4 million tonnes, based on reported export data.

SPP changes direction

03 April 2019

After a few weeks’ increases, the EU-spec SPP recorded a week-on-week decline of 0.23p, to stand at 137.73p/kg in the week ending 30 March. The measure continues to trend below year earlier levels. Brexit is of course continuing to bring uncertainty to the market.

US pig herd continues to expand

03 April 2019

As at 1 March, the US pig herd stood at 74.3 million head, 2% higher than March 2018, according to the latest quarterly report from the USDA. Both slaughter and breeding pig numbers reflected this 2% growth, totalling 67.9 and 6.35 million head respectively.

Italian imports rise

03 April 2019

In 2018, Italy imported 1.06 million tonnes of pig meat (excl. offal), 4% more volume than the year before. A 4% rise in imports of fresh and frozen pork (over 90% of Italian pig meat imports) caused most of this growth. Despite Italian pig slaughter falling slightly (-1%), domestic production of pig meat remained relatively steady, totalling 1.47 million tonnes.

EU pig numbers down

03 April 2019

The overall EU pig herd decreased to 148 million head in the year to December 2018, according to provisional figures from Eurostat. Most of this decline was due to a 4% fall in the German pig herd, alongside 7% fewer pigs in Poland. Pig numbers also fell in Denmark, but to a lesser extent.

EU meat demand struggling

02 April 2019

Demand for pig meat in the EU has not been in step with supply levels in recent years, driving price volatility. Last year, there was more pork on the EU market but no clear increase in demand for this product, and so prices came under pressure. Data for 2018, from key countries including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, provide further confirmation of this.

SPP continues upward

27 March 2019

The EU-spec SPP once again recorded a slight increase in the week ended 23 March, up 0.19p week-on-week to average 137.96p/kg.

New World pig prices

27 March 2019

In the past couple of few weeks, pig prices in the US have been rallying sharply. There is optimism that the African Swine Fever (ASF) situation in China will relieve the pressure on an otherwise oversupplied market.

No-deal Brexit could push American pork onto British plates

27 March 2019

Last week, the government announced the proposed tariff regime that would apply under a no-deal Brexit. Looking at the product mix for UK pig meat imports last year, the average tariff would add around €0.10/kg (around 9p/kg) to the price of pig meat imports.

GB pig meat retail sales flat overall

27 March 2019

In the 12 weeks to 24 February 2019, GB pig meat* retail sales were down only slightly compared to the same period last year (-0.8%), according to Kantar Worldpanel. The value of these sales fell by 3%, reflecting lower shelf prices.

Strong start to 2019 for EU pork exports

27 March 2019

EU pork exports strengthened at the turn of the year. January figures showed a 9% (+18,000 tonnes) increase compared to the same month in 2018, reaching 201,000 tonnes. The total value amounted to €444.3 million, up 5%.

Feed Report- March

25 March 2019

Read our latest commentary on the global cereals and oilseeds markets.

Another little lift for the SPP

20 March 2019

In the week ended 16 March, the EU-spec SPP lifted marginally for the second consecutive week, with prices increasing by 0.14p to average 137.77p/kg.

UK pork trade higher in first month of 2019

20 March 2019

UK pork trade in 2019 got off to a flying start, with both exports and imports increasing year on year.

EU pig meat production up in 2018

20 March 2019

According to the latest figures from Eurostat, EU pig meat production for December was down 5% compared to December 2017.

UK pig slaughter down in February

19 March 2019

UK clean pig slaughter in February was 834,200 head, 4% lower than the same month in 2018. This was driven by a 6% drop in slaughter in England (and Wales), as throughput in Scotland and Northern Ireland actually increased by 4% and 7% respectively.

Decrease in the December pig herd

19 March 2019

According to Defra figures, UK pig numbers on 1 December 2018 totalled 4.6 million head. This was more than 1% lower compared with the same point a year before, but still above 2016 levels.

Uplift in the EU market

13 March 2019

The EU pig price increased steadily during February, averaging €135.92/100kg across the month. This was €1.65 higher than the January average.

SPP price steadies

13 March 2019

After a long period of decline, the EU spec SPP steadied, rising slightly (+0.2p) in the week ending 9 March.

No-deal pig meat import tariffs released

13 March 2019

Following the MPs vote to reject Theresa May's Brexit deal for the second time last night, the government announced the proposed tariff regime that would apply under a no-deal Brexit.

Decrease in Canadian pig herd

12 March 2019

The latest figures from Statistics Canada show that the size of the Canadian pig herd on 1 January 2018 was 1% down compared to a year earlier, but it is still above 14 million head.

EU pig meat TRQs

08 March 2019

The EU has a number of Tariff Rate Quotas for pig meat, which allow imports to enter at a reduced tariff rate. Uptake of these quotas is currently low, so these quotas may be relevant for British suppliers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Falling pig prices put further pressure on producer margins

08 March 2019

Pig production costs in the fourth quarter of 2018 were about the same as the previous three months, according to the latest AHDB estimates. The average GB production cost stood at 156p/kg, remaining at the highest level since 2013 and 12p/kg up compared to the same time a year before.

Falling English pig herd

06 March 2019

According to the December figures published by Defra, the pig herd in England fell by 1% compared with a year earlier, to 3.7 million head.

Still no upturn for GB pig prices

06 March 2019

The fall in the EU-spec SPP, which started last summer, continued in the week ended 2 March, with prices currently at 137.43p/kg.

Irish pig meat exports continue to grow

06 March 2019

Irish pig meat exports grew in 2018, up nearly 4% from 2017 to 260,000 tonnes. The value of these exports grew by 5% over the same period, to €805 million.

Spanish exports go from strength to strength

06 March 2019

In 2018 Spain produced 4.5 million tonnes (cwe) of pig meat, 5% more than in 2017, with 52.4 million pigs slaughtered according to Eurostat data.

US pork export growth steadies

06 March 2019

Pig meat exports from the United States were higher in the year to November 2018, by 4% to total 2 million tonnes. Primarily driven by increases in fresh/frozen pork earlier on in the year, growth steadied a little in more recent months.

DAERA records contraction in the NI pig herd

06 March 2019

The national pig breeding herd in Northern Ireland has declined 7% (3,300 head) year-on-year, to 44,100 head, according to December census results from DAERA NI.

Pork sales flat, but processed in decline

27 February 2019

During the 12 weeks ending 27 January, GB retail sales of fresh & frozen pork remained reasonably steady compared with the same period a year earlier, according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

GB pig price steadies

27 February 2019

GB pig prices remained virtually stable in the latest week ended 23 February

Will shoppers have more to spend in 2019?

27 February 2019

The employment rate (the proportion of people in work aged 16 to 64) was estimated at 75.8% in January. This is higher than a year earlier (75.2%) and the joint-highest since comparable estimates began in 1971. At 2.9, the ratio of UK job vacancies to 100 employed jobs is also high. All this points to a tight labour market.

French pig meat market stable…

27 February 2019

French pig meat production was stable in 2018 at 2.18 million tonnes (cwe), with 23.5 million pigs slaughtered. Pork imports grew by just over 1% to 295,000 tonnes product weight.

A slippery slope for GB pig prices

20 February 2019

The downward trend in GB pig prices continued for another week. In the week ended 16 February the EU-spec SPP fell 0.24p to 137.50p/kg, almost 9p below year earlier levels. Nonetheless, there are continued industry expectations that tightening supplies, following difficulties with fertility levels last summer, might ultimately stem the ongoing price decline. EU pig prices also moved up slightly in the week ended 10 February.

UK pig meat exports fell back as 2018 closed

20 February 2019

After four months of strong growth, UK exports of fresh/frozen pork fell 15% in December compared with a year earlier, to 16,100 tonnes.

UK pig production up in January

20 February 2019

UK clean pig slaughterings in January totalled 935,800 head, around 2.5% above the same month in 2018. Finished pig numbers picked up following a slow end to 2018, perhaps influenced by fewer pigs pulled forward for Christmas last year.

Feed Report- February

19 February 2019

Read our latest commentary on the global cereals and oilseeds markets.

EU production continues to drive GB pig prices

19 February 2019

AHDB has recently revisited the GB pig prices model, which plots historical prices based on a range of factors including exchange rates, UK and EU production levels, import and export volumes, and global commodity prices. This model suggests that usually, the level of EU pig meat production is the biggest influence on GB pig price levels, and last year was no exception.

EU shipments limited by lower Asian demand in December

19 February 2019

Despite a little year-on-year growth in November, EU exports of fresh/frozen pork fell 9% below 2017 levels in December, according to the latest Eurostat figures. This left exports 4% below year earlier levels across the two months, at 370,500 tonnes.

2018 animal feed production highest on record

19 February 2019

In the final quarter of 2018 GB animal feed production was recorded at nearly 3.1 million tonnes, up 1% (40,000 tonnes) year-on-year, according to the latest data released by AHDB. As such, GB feed production for 2018 totalled 12.08 million tonnes, a 4% increase year-on-year, making it the highest annual production on record.

EU pig production remains up year-on-year

13 February 2019

According to the latest figures published by Eurostat, EU pig meat production rose 2% year-on-year in November to total just under 2.1 million tonnes.

EU pork export prospects in Japan receive a boost

13 February 2019

The EU recently signed a trade agreement with Japan, enabling its members to benefit from lower duties on some pork products, including frozen pork and ground seasoned pork (GSP), from April 2019.

GB pig prices continue downwards

13 February 2019

The EU-spec SPP continued on a downward trajectory in the week ended 9 February, back 0.41p to average 137.74p/kg. The current price is around 8p lower than the same week of 2018. Industry reports suggest that supply could become tighter in the coming months which could relieve some pressure on the price.

Small fall in Danish pig herd

13 February 2019

The latest figures published by Statistics Denmark show that the overall pig population on 1 January declined by 1.5% compared with the start of 2018. The total stood at 12.6 million head. This was also nearly 3% down on the final quarter of last year, although the pig population usually records a seasonal decline towards the end of the year.

EU pig prices remain flat in the New Year

11 February 2019

EU pig prices have remained relatively flat in the first few weeks of the New Year. The EU average reference price for the week ending 3 February stood at €133.98/100kg, just 50 cents below four weeks ago.

GB pig prices slide again

06 February 2019

The EU-spec SPP returned to decline in the week ended 2 February, at 138.15p/kg. This was a week-on-week change of 0.56p/kg. This week’s price is now down 12p from last year’s peak, and nearly 9p lower than the same week in 2018.

EU sow prices remaining low as Brexit approaches

06 February 2019

The EU sow price, and particularly the German price, is of great importance to the UK as it provides a good indication of probable trends in GB cull sow prices.

Russia moves to net exporter position in 2018

04 February 2019

Exports of pork and offal from Russia in the year to November totalled 106,000 tonnes, an 11% increase compared to the same period in 2017. This puts the nation into the position of net exporter.

Imports into China faced pressure during 2018

04 February 2019

During 2018, China imported 1.2 million tonnes of fresh/frozen pork, 2% (24,000 tonnes) less than in 2017. In addition to this, 947,000 tonnes of pig offal was imported, down 23% (290,000 tonnes) year-on-year.

Feed Report- January

01 February 2019

Read our latest commentary on the global cereals and oilseeds markets.

SPP steadies slightly

30 January 2019

The EU-spec SPP took a slight respite from downward movement in the most recent week.

Spotlight on ASF: Impact on Chinese meat consumption

30 January 2019

Last week, we established that the volume of pig meat that could relatively easily be shipped to China falls short of the supply gap likely to open up this year. This week, we discuss how Chinese consumption of pork and other meats may be affected as a result.

Pork supply outlook uncertain in 2019

30 January 2019

The AHDB Outlook for UK pig meat supplies, produced back in October, has been reviewed to take account of recent developments in production and trade.

South Korean pork imports continue to grow

30 January 2019

South Korea is currently one of the fastest growing pork consumption markets in the world. Despite increasing domestic production (+3% according to USDA estimates), South Korea still imported more pork in 2018, going against previous industry expectations. In 2018, fresh/frozen pork imports to South Korea totalled 571,000 tonnes. This is a 17% increase (+82,000 tonnes) compared to 2017 levels.

EU weaner prices recover, but not for everyone

30 January 2019

After trending downwards for much of the summer, EU weaner prices have staged something of a recovery. Prices have been rising since late October, and in the week ending 20 January, the average EU weaner price was €41.50/head. This is €2.73 below last year’s price, but over €8 higher than the lows seen in the autumn.

Meat remains popular with shoppers, although mix of product changes

24 January 2019

During the 12 weeks ending 30 December, total primary meat retail sales remained steady on year earlier levels, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. Within this some categories did perform more strongly than others. Of course the most recent period includes the all-important Christmas period.

SPP weights continue to break records

23 January 2019

The EU-spec SPP continued to slide in the week ending 19 January, falling by -0.71p to stand at 138.78p/kg.

Spotlight on ASF: Opportunities for key exporters

23 January 2019

Last week we examined the potential size of the Chinese import gap this year, as China’s production becomes affected by African Swine Fever. In this article, we discuss opportunities for the key suppliers individually.

China- a valuable asset to the UK pig industry

23 January 2019

AHDB has recently published a new report, focusing on the opportunities changing diets and improving wealth present for exporters to China.

Brazilian pork exports regain ground

23 January 2019

In recent months, fresh/frozen pork exports from Brazil have regained some lost ground from the first half of last year. This has put the country in a much better position heading into 2019.

UK pig production higher in 2018

22 January 2019

UK pig meat production totalled 71,900 tonnes in December, which is a slight increase (+1%) compared to a year earlier. This brings production for 2018 to 926,700 tonnes, 24,100 tonnes higher (+3%) than in 2017. This is a result of higher slaughterings for both clean pigs and sows and boars.

UK pig meat exports continue to perform strongly

22 January 2019

During November 2018, UK exports of fresh/frozen pork continued to record year-on-year growth (+5% or 900 tonnes), reaching 19,500 tonnes.

APP and SPP gap continues to widen

16 January 2019

The EU-spec SPP fell once again in the week ended 12 January.

Focusing on feed conversion

15 January 2019

The feed conversion ratio (FCR) is an important performance indicator for pig producers, as it has an influence on production costs.

EU pig prices flat in December

15 January 2019

EU pig prices have recorded little movement in the past four weeks, with the EU average reference price standing at €134.51/100kg in the week ended 6 January.

Spotlight on ASF: Impact on Chinese pork production

15 January 2019

Following last week’s article covering the current spread of African Swine Fever in China, in this article, we explore the potential drop in production that might stem from this.

EU production increases in October

14 January 2019

EU pig production rose 6% in October compared to the previous year. Totalling 2.1 million tonnes, this is also 14% higher than September. This is a result of higher pig slaughterings (+6% Y-o-Y), however carcase weights have dropped slightly across the EU-28 compared to October 2017.

Heavy pigs weighing on prices

09 January 2019

The EU-spec SPP dipped further to 140.02p/kg for the week ended 5 January.

Danish pork exports remain up in 2018

09 January 2019

Between Jan-Sep 2018, Danish fresh/frozen pork exports rose by around 3% year-on-year to total 840,000 tonnes.

Quality wins over quantity for Italian pork market

09 January 2019

Pig meat production in Italy reached 1.1 million tonnes in the year to September, a +1.9% (21,000 t) increase year on year. However, over the same period 8.38 million pigs were slaughtered, 1.4% less than a year ago, demonstrating a growth in carcase weights.

Spotlight on ASF: Contamination in China

07 January 2019

African Swine Fever is set to be an important topic in the global pork market this year, with the level of spread determining global trade flows and import demand. So, every week in this series of articles, we’re going to explore a different aspect of the situation, and what the impacts might be moving forward. This article examines the current level of Chinese contamination.

Spain continues to both produce and export more pork

07 January 2019

Throughout 2018 there has been a strong growth in pig meat production in Spain, according to data from Eurostat.

More growth in US pig numbers

07 January 2019

According to the latest figures from the USDA, the size of the US pig herd increased by 2% in the year to December 2018. There was a similar increase in both the breeding and fattening herds.

Finished pig prices fall, but weaners rally

02 January 2019

During the week ending 22 December, the EU-spec SPP declined by 0.52p on the week to 141.68p/kg.

German pig herd declines significantly

02 January 2019

According to provisional results from the November census, the total number of pigs in Germany fell by 4% compared to year earlier levels.

French pork exports now turning to decline

02 January 2019

In the first nine months of 2018, French pork exports increased by 12,700 tonnes (4%) year-on-year, to total 319,000 tonnes.