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Another gloomy month for red meat retail sales

04 December 2019

GB retail sales have continued to struggle in the latest Kantar update. In the 12 weeks ending 3 November total beef sales declined 0.3% year-on-year, with lamb back 6.4% in volume. Pork volume sales were down 4%.

Strong EU pork exports in September

28 November 2019

In September, EU pork exports rose by 37% compared with a year earlier, to 236,600 tonnes. This was the strongest growth recorded during a month in 2019 far.

GB finished pig prices continue to gain ground

27 November 2019

The EU-spec SPP continued to move up in the week ending 23 November. This puts prices over 15p above the same week last year.

Q3 pig feed production up 6%, driven up by finishing feed

27 November 2019

Q3 feed production statistics:

  •          Production of grower feed has increased by 3%
  •          Production of finishing feed has increased by 7%
  •          Production of breeding feed has increased by 8%

EU price rise continues

26 November 2019

In the four weeks ending 17 November, EU pig prices rose by €1.67 to €184.46/100kg. The average pig price stood at its highest point since September 2013 and about €49 above this time last year.

Irish pork export volumes decline overall, but increase to China

22 November 2019

Total Irish exports of pig meat (exc offal) for the first 9 months of 2019, were down 5% on the previous year, this was predominantly due to reductions in Irish exports to the EU.

Canada regains access to China for pork exports

21 November 2019

The ban on Canadian pork exports to China has now been lifted after a four-month period.

GB finished pig prices continue to move up

20 November 2019

GB finished pig prices continued their upward trajectory in the week ending 16 November. This puts prices over 14p above both the same week last year and the five-year average.

UK pork imports and exports up in September

20 November 2019

The UK’s pork export market has continued to perform well for another month. In September, shipments of fresh/frozen pork were up 8% on the year, at 21,500 tonnes

French pork: production up, imports down, exports up

20 November 2019

French pig prices usually follow the trend of other EU pig prices, although they are usually at a discount to the EU reference price. 2019 has been no different.

Higher UK pork supplies in October

14 November 2019

UK clean pig slaughter in October reached just over 1 million head. This was almost 4% above the same month last year.

Straw prices drop below 5-year average after strong harvest

14 November 2019

In August and September, prices for big bale barley straw slipped back below the 5-year average.

Producer margins positive in Q3

14 November 2019

According to the latest AHDB estimates, the average cost of pig production in GB during Q3 was 147p/kg.

SPP continues to gain ground

13 November 2019

In the week ending 9 November, the EU-spec SPP rose by a modest 0.23p, adding further to last week’s gain. All but one weight band recorded price increases, with pigs weighing over 100kg increasing the most, by 1.43p.

EU pig kill in August

13 November 2019

August figures published by Eurostat show a 3% decline in EU pig slaughter compared with the same month in 2018, to 20.7 million head.

Russia’s domestic pork production continues to grow year-on-year

11 November 2019

The latest USDA forecasts suggest Russia’s domestic pork production is set to increase by 2.7% year-on-year in 2019, to finish at 3.24 million tonnes (cwe). Consumption is predicted to be slightly above this during 2019 at 3.31 million tonnes (cwe).

Danish pig herd stabilises

11 November 2019

Figures published by Statistics Denmark show that the Danish pig population as at 1 October decreased by over 3% on a year earlier, to 12.6 million pigs. While numbers continue to be lower than last year, the decline seems to have stabilised. Statistics Denmark also calculates a seasonally adjusted pig herd size. Relative to the June count, numbers are similar.

Pork imports down in Hong Kong

07 November 2019

At 472,700 tonnes, Hong Kong pig meat imports fell by 19% in January to September, compared with the same period in 2018.

Chinese pig prices continue to escalate in peak demand period

07 November 2019

Chinese pig prices have been at record-breaking levels since August. The upward trend has continued and by week ended 23 October, live pig prices were almost 37CNY/kg, over 400p/kg.

SPP back on upward track

06 November 2019

In the week ending 2 November, the EU-spec SPP rose, more than counteracting the slight decline of last week. All weight bands recorded price increases, ranging from just under half a penny to just over a penny.

Trade deals support Japanese pig meat imports

06 November 2019

Japan’s total pig meat imports (incl. offal) increased 3% in the year to September, to 918,000 tonnes. Import prices have been stable overall, and so the total value of these imports rose by 3%, to ¥457 billion.

EU sow market stable

06 November 2019

For most of this year, EU sow prices have been rising, but since the start of September, prices have remained quite stable. Nonetheless, over the past month, both Germany and the Netherlands have recorded the highest prices on records back to 2014.

ASF outbreak in South Korea’s Domestic Pig Herd

06 November 2019

African Swine Fever has now reached South Korea; it is unclear how much of an impact this will have on trade and production. 

Reductions in average farm business income across livestock sectors

05 November 2019

Defra has now released the most recent set of accounts for Farm Business Income in England. As an overview, livestock has seen a considerable decline in profitability across red meat and dairy. The report also outlines the large reliance on BPS payments for many farms. As well as a variety of economic factors, challenging weather conditions also contributed towards the general decline across livestock sectors.