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Feed Report- July

31 July 2019

Read our latest commentary of the cereals and oilseeds markets.

Pig prices remain stable

31 July 2019

The EU-spec SPP remained relatively stable in the week ended 27 July, gaining just 0.29p to average 152.79p/kg.

Pig meat outlook review - July

31 July 2019

It’s three months since publishing the April Outlook for the UK pork sector, and so we’ve reviewed that forecast, along with trends and an outlook for farm inputs.

Falling prices in the EU

31 July 2019

In the four weeks ending 21 July, the EU pig reference price declined by €3.89 to €174.27/100kg (£156.69/100kg). This is the lowest price since the mid-May.

Chinese pig prices moving up- a second wind in import growth expected

31 July 2019

Chinese pig prices have returned to an upward trend since June.

Exports to China boost EU pork exports by almost a third

25 July 2019

At 218,000 tonnes, EU exports of fresh and frozen pork were up 31% in volume and 40% in value in May 2019, compared to the previous year. The market was worth €548.9 million.  Offal exports for May were up by 19% to 112,000 tonnes, with a 46% increase in value to €149.4 million. This continues trends seen for most of the year so far.

Heavier carcase weights- what’s the cost?

25 July 2019

Clean pig carcase weights have been higher this year. In quarter one, weights in the APP sample averaged 85.11kg, compared to 83.69kg a year ago. How has this been achieved, and what was the cost?

ASF finally catching up with Poland’s pork production

25 July 2019

Polish pork production fell by 1% in the first four months of 2019, compared to the same period last year, totalling 702,400 tonnes. This contrasts with the upward trend that had been in place since 2014.

Pig prices still moving up, just

24 July 2019

  •          EU-Spec SPP ↑ 0.30p to 152.50p/kg (w/e 20 July)
  •          EU-Spec APP ↑0.66p to 154.93p/kg (w/e 13 July)
  •          Estimated slaughter  5% to 179.1k head (w/e 20 July)

Lower pork imports into South Korea

24 July 2019

At 287,800 tonnes, South Korean pork imports dropped by 2% in the first half of this year, compared with 2018.

Spain supports EU pig slaughter

18 July 2019

EU pig meat production rose 2% in April compared to the previous year, to just under 2 million tonnes.

Pig prices continue to rise

17 July 2019

In the week ended 13 July the EU-spec SPP rose 0.56p to average the week on 152.20p/kg.

Shoppers aren’t bringing home the bacon

17 July 2019

Overall GB pig meat* retail sales were 3% down year-on-year in the 12 weeks ending 16 June, according to Kantar data. Lower prices meant market value declined further, by 5%.

Highest May pork exports on record for the UK

17 July 2019

The UK’s pork export market performed strongly in May.

Brazilian pork production expands to meet growing demand

16 July 2019

Brazilian pork production has continued to grow this year. During the first quarter of this year, production was just shy of 1 million tonnes, 4% more than last year, according to IBGE. The growth has been driven by increasing global prices and stronger domestic demand.

OECD-FAO Outlook: Meat prices to decline in real terms

16 July 2019

In real terms, meat pieces are projected to decline over the next decade, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook.

UK pork production flat in June

11 July 2019

At 823,800 head, UK clean pig slaughter in June was around 1% lower than the same month in 2018. However, as there was one fewer weekday in the month this year, the rate of slaughter is likely to have been higher.

SPP continues upward momentum

10 July 2019

In the week ended 6 July, the EU-Spec SPP continued its upward trend, gaining 0.78p to average the week on 151.64p/kg.

EU signs trade agreement with Vietnam

10 July 2019

On 30 June, the EU signed a trade agreement with Vietnam. This comes just two days after the EU closed the deal on the Mercosur agreement. 

Optimistic outlook apparent in EU weaner market

09 July 2019

EU weaner prices have risen sharply this year.

Food price index stabilises

08 July 2019

The FAO food price index remained fairly stable in June, compared to both the previous month and the previous year. This comes after five consecutive months of rising prices.

What moves the SPP?

08 July 2019

EU pig prices have been rallying strongly since the end of March, apparently leaving the British Standard Pig Price (SPP) lagging behind. But given that so many GB contracts reference the SPP anyway, what causes it to move at all?

GB sow performance picks back up

04 July 2019

The latest physical performance data* shows the productivity of the GB sow herd improved in the 12 months to March 2019, compared to the overall 2018 average. Pigs weaned per sow returned to an average of 25.9, indicating herd performance early this year was better than early last year.

German herd continues to contract, for now

04 July 2019

The overall number of pigs in Germany fell between May 2018 and 2019 by 3.7% to 25.9 million head.

Pig prices pick up further

03 July 2019

In the week ended 29 June, the EU-spec SPP gained 1.10p to reach 150.86p/kg. This price is now actually half a penny higher than year earlier levels. Nonetheless, in contrast to much of mainland Europe, prices remain well below this time in 2017.

Lower prices failing to stimulate pork sales

03 July 2019

The value of pig meat* retail sales was down 5% in the year-on-year in the 12 weeks ending 19 May, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. Prices were on average 2% lower than last year, but the volume sold still fell by nearly 3%.

Tight supplies support EU pig price momentum

03 July 2019

In the week ended 16 June, EU pig prices reached the highest point since October 2013, at €178.15/100kg. This was nearly €3 higher than the start of the month. However, in the subsequent week, prices eased slightly.

Improved sow productivity produces largest US Q2 pig crop in nearly 50 years

02 July 2019

The US pig population has continued its expansion. As at 1 June, the US pig herd stood at 75.5 million head, 4% more than the same point last year and 1% higher than the previous quarter, according to the latest figures from the USDA.  This is the largest June pig inventory since the records began in 1964.