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Chinese trade lull dampens EU export growth

29 August 2019

EU exports of pig meat (including offal) totalled 305,300 tonnes in June. While this is still up by 10% on the year, it is considerably less than the annual growth seen in April and May.

Grain prices pressured by prospects of a large crop: Feed market update

29 August 2019

The UK harvest was well underway throughout August and the outlook for a large cereal harvest has been confirmed, resulting in declining grain prices. Meanwhile, European oilseed rape production is expected to be the lowest since 2006/07. Prospects of tighter supplies, along with some currency support has driven up UK oilseed rape prices.

Pig prices slip slightly

28 August 2019

The EU-spec SPP faltered a little in the latest week (24 August), falling 0.1p to average 152.95p/kg.

Chinese pig prices reach record highs

28 August 2019

Chinese live pig prices have continued to move up this month, reaching a record high of ¥20.92/kg (£2.46/kg) in the week ended 15 August. The price has gained around ¥2 (+13%) since the start of August alone.

Low production adds support to EU pig prices

28 August 2019

In the week ended 18 August, EU pig prices continued to rise to a multi-year high at €180.06/100kg. This was €7 higher than at the beginning of August.

EU pig meat production in May down year on year

22 August 2019

EU pig meat production fell by 4% in May compared to the previous year, to just over 1.9 million tonnes, according to the latest Eurostat figures. Slaughter was also down 4% on the month last year, to 21.0 million head, indicating broadly stable carcase weights.

Canadian pork banned from China seeks new home

22 August 2019

Canadian pork exports in the first half of the year moved up slightly (+1%) to 495,200 tonnes. Rising global pork prices meant the value of the trade totalled C$1.72 billion, up 9% on a year earlier.

Less pork available for French consumption

22 August 2019

In the first half of the year, French pork production was similar to last year, at 1.1 million tonnes. However, increasing exports and lower import levels mean supplies on the domestic market have declined.

SPP stands on for another week

21 August 2019

  • EU-spec SPP ↑0.04 to 153.05p/kg (w/e 17 August)
  • EU-spec APP ↑0.46 to 155.67p/kg (w/e 10 August)
  • Estimated slaughter → at 168.6 thousand head

Highest June pork exports since 2016

21 August 2019

The UK’s pork export market performed well again in June.

Brexit – a no deal pork summary

20 August 2019

Recent AHDB analysis concerning a no deal situation has renewed relevance as the UK draws closer to another Brexit deadline. Previously published material covering the possible implications of leaving without a deal can be found below.

UK pork production up 5% in July

15 August 2019

In July, UK clean pig slaughter reached 909,100 head, 3% more than the same month in the previous year. 

Russia returns to a net importer position

15 August 2019

Russia has returned to being a net importer of pig meat. In the year to May, imports of pig meat (including offal) increased by over 50% on the year, to 63,600 tonnes.

Slight increase for the SPP

14 August 2019

GB finished pig prices continued to show little movement in the week ended 10 August, with the EU-spec SPP reaching 153.01p/kg.

Retail sales of summer staples decline

14 August 2019

Overall GB pig meat* sales volumes fell almost 5% year-on-year in the 12 weeks ending 14 July, according to the latest Kantar data. The drop in value was slightly larger, due to a small decline in average retail prices.

Danish pig herd contraction slows

13 August 2019

According to the latest figures published by Statistics Denmark, the Danish pig population at the start of the third quarter had decreased by 2.5% on a year earlier, to 12.6 million pigs.

Pork production gains outstrip export developments in the US

13 August 2019

In the first half of the year, US pork exports decreased by 2% compared with the same period in 2018. The decline comes despite 3% growth in slaughter, on the back of an expanding breeding herd.

Japanese pork imports rise

08 August 2019

Japan’s total pig meat imports (inc offal) were up just under 1% year-on-year in the first half of 2019, at 602,700 tonnes. A slight decline in average prices meant the total value of these imports remained stable at ¥298.5 billion

Dwindling discounts for heavy pigs in recent years

08 August 2019

A few weeks ago, we looked at the factors behind changes in the SPP. The Standard Pig Price is a weighted average of a sample of standard pigs slaughtered in the week, and reported to AHDB. These pigs can be further categorised into carcase weight bands. Each of these bands tends to be at a slightly different price level.

FAO meat price index up for sixth consecutive month

08 August 2019

The latest figures from the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) show that meat prices have risen for the sixth consecutive month. The FAO’s meat price index reached 176.2 in July, 10% above January but still 17% below the record high from August 2014.

Pig prices pause movement for the week

07 August 2019

The EU-spec SPP showed very little movement in the week ending 3 August, gaining just 0.01p to average 152.80p/kg.

Q2 pig feed production up 1%, driven up by breeding feed

07 August 2019

GB pig feed production in the second quarter of this year reached 456,000 tonnes, according to our latest data.  

Sow prices rally across Europe

07 August 2019

After a steady start to the year, EU sow prices have risen significantly since the beginning of March. This reflects trends in the finished pig market. Both real and anticipated increases in Chinese import demand have been offering market support. Meanwhile, supplies of pig meat have tightened in Northern Europe in particular.