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EU pork exports forecast to grow during 2019 and 2020

09 July 2019

Uncertainty surrounding Brexit continues to bring difficulty to outlooks, with the EU short-term outlook from the European Commission no different

Pig producers faced largest losses since 2012 in Q1

27 June 2019

Due to falling pig prices, producer margins worsened in the first quarter of this year. The latest AHDB estimates suggest that, on average, producers were losing £11 per pig sold (-13p/kg). This is the most significant loss-making period since Q3 2012.

Wet US weather continues to drive feed grain markets: Feed report

27 June 2019

Feed grain markets have diverged since late May. US weather remained the main driver of global grain prices this month. The wet US weather has caused delays to corn planting and concerns around wheat conditions. Meanwhile, protein markets moved up over the reporting period.

SPP moves up once again

26 June 2019

  •          EU-Spec SPP ↑ 0.81p to 149.76p/kg (w/e 22 June)
  •          EU-Spec APP ↑ 0.92p to 151.58p/kg (w/e 15 June)
  •          Estimated slaughter ↓ 4% to 160.2k head (w/e 22 June)

Italy imports less pork

26 June 2019

Italian pork imports fell by 5% between January and March, compared with a year earlier, to 250,700 tonnes. Italy is the EU’s largest net importer of pork.

First quarter figures show higher Dutch pork exports

26 June 2019

Dutch fresh/frozen pork exports in the first quarter of this year rose by 16% on a year earlier. At 241,400 tonnes, volumes were also above the period in 2017.

US trade dampened by ongoing trade tensions, but industry remains hopeful

20 June 2019

The impacts of trade tensions between the United States and other countries have been felt through markets for over a year. Recent developments in relations over the last couple of weeks may change trade flows over the coming months.

Danish pork exports drop off in first quarter

20 June 2019

Danish pig meat exports (including offal) in the first quarter of 2019 declined by 8% to 337,000 tonnes. Declines have come from fresh pork and offal exports. Exports to Germany, Denmark’s top market, have recorded a 22% decline during the period.

SPP continues upwards trajectory

19 June 2019

The EU- spec SPP continued its upwards trajectory for the 10th week in a row in the week ended 15 June, increasing 1.10p to an average of 148.95p/kg, the highest price seen since August last year. Though demand is reported as reasonably slow, the price is being supported by tighter supplies attributed to poorly performing animals.

EU exports continue to rise in April

19 June 2019

EU exports of fresh and frozen pork grew substantially in April, underpinned by increasing Chinese import demand. According to data from Eurostat, in April, the EU exported 219,000 tonnes of pork, 30% more than in the same month last year. Exports to China grew by 90%, to 98,000 tonnes.

UK pig meat exports pick up in April

19 June 2019

UK exports of pig meat (excl. offal) increased by 14% (+2,700 tonnes) year on year in April 2019. Increased shipments have primarily gone to China and the Netherlands. China has taken more frozen pork while the Netherlands has increased fresh pork shipments.

EU pig meat production stalls in March

18 June 2019

EU pig meat production has had a bit of sluggish start to the year. Production in February increased by 2.5% on last year. However, a 4.3% drop in March dampened this growth, according to the latest figures from Eurostat. As a result, production for the first quarter of this year was down by 0.7% (-42,400 tonnes) at 6.14 million tonnes.

Pig meat production increases in May

13 June 2019

UK pig meat production grew 3.7% in May to total 80,100 tonnes. Production has been driven by an increase in clean pig slaughter and heavier carcase weights compared to a year earlier.

African Swine Fever and the impact on dairy markets

13 June 2019

As the world’s largest pork producer China accounts for around 50% of pork production globally. The current African Swine Fever epidemic is expected to reduce China’s pork production by 25-35% according to Rabobank, resulting in increased demand for other animal proteins but decreased demand for feedstuffs.

SPP continues upwards

12 June 2019

The EU-spec SPP maintained momentum in the week ending 8 June, increasing 1.38p to average 147.85p/kg. This is the 9th consecutive week of price rises.

EU pig meat demand falling

12 June 2019

Consumer demand for pig meat in the EU has faltered in recent years. Demand for red meat in general seems to be slowing, but pig meat has particularly suffered. Data so far for 2019, from key countries including Germany, France and Italy, further confirms this trend.

EU market outlook: 2019

12 June 2019

The EU commission hosts a working group on pig meat. Forecasts from Member State experts are used to produce a slaughter and pig price outlook for the EU overall. This year, slaughter is expected to decline slightly, while pig prices rise significantly.

All protein markets expected to respond to ASF

12 June 2019

The last time China needed to import large quantities of protein was in 2016, in response to its sow shortage. At that time, understandably, the protein shortage was met with imports of pig meat. In 2019, African Swine Fever (ASF) is expected to increase the demand for imported protein again.

Flat Irish pig meat exports, despite rising production

06 June 2019

In the first quarter of 2019, Ireland exported 69,600 tonnes of pig meat and offal, mostly unchanged from 2018.  The value of these exports was up 4% to €202.7 million euros, reflecting a move towards exporting higher value hams.

An update to new crop maize

06 June 2019

Maize usage in compound and IPU feed production increased by 82.9% in the season to Apr-19: The latest feed usage statistics show a decrease of 0.7% in pig feed production in the season to date.

SPP gains more pace

05 June 2019

The EU-spec SPP has picked up the pace a little again and continued to rise in the week ending 1 June.

Increasing Spanish pork production outstrips export growth

03 June 2019

In the first quarter of this year, Spanish fresh/frozen pork exports increased by 1% (+4,200 tonnes) year-on-year to 422,900 tonnes.

EU prices still strengthening, despite cautious reports

03 June 2019

EU pig prices continued to strengthen in May, reaching €174.21/100kg in the week ending 26 May.