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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

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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

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