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Market Intelligence - News - June 2014
June Pig Market Trends out now
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
The June edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday.
Feed market update - 25 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.
Little change in number of English pig farms
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
New Defra figures show that the number of English farm holdings keeping pigs was little changed in the year to June 2013. Separate figures show a further fall in the number of organic pigs, which are now at their lowest level since 2005.
First quarter figures show higher Dutch exports
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Dutch pork exports in the first quarter of this year rose by 4% on a year earlier. In contrast, live pig exports came down by 4% in the first quarter of this year, compared with a year earlier, at 2.4 million head.
UK pig prices - week ended 21 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
The EU-spec DAPP for the week ended 21 June fell for the second consecutive week to 163.71p per kg, only slightly lower than a week earlier.
Polish exports lower but imports higher
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Despite the imposition of trade restrictions by a number of countries following the discovery of two ASF cases in the country, Polish exports were only down 6% in the first quarter of 2014. During the quarter, Poland imported 4% more pork compared with the same period in 2013.
May slaughterings higher
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
May clean pig slaughterings in the UK totalled 751,300 head. This was nearly 3% higher than in the same month last year, the biggest annual increase since December 2012.
Have changing promotions altered meat purchases?
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Shopper purchases of fresh red meat have declined over the last few years. Promotions have become increasingly important and nearly half of fresh pork is now sold on some form of deal.
Impact of PEDv spreading beyond the US
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Since last year, a new strain of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDv) has been creating havoc in the US pig industry. Although the rate of new infections has declined, the impact is far from over. In addition, since the disease reached the US it has spread to several other countries in the Americas and Asia. It is now starting to cause disruption to markets in many parts of the world and will remain a key driver of the global market for the rest of this year and beyond. Read more about how PEDv is impacting on global pork markets.
Impact of PEDv spreading beyond the US (238.76KB)
Mixed fortunes for pork’s competitors
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
While pig meat consumption has held up relatively well during the economic slowdown, latest data show a 2% decline in pork purchases in the last year. In fact, falling meat consumption was evident across all red meat and poultry categories. The overall fall in consumption of fresh and frozen meat comes despite higher supplies of most meats being available on the UK market. This is being driven by rising imports, with much of the extra product likely destined for use in processed products or foodservice. This situation is putting pressure on the UK prime cattle market, in particular. However, beef and lamb supplies are likely to tighten later in the year. Read more about developments in the poultry, beef and lamb sectors
Mixed fortunes for pork's competitors (213.67KB)
Danish pork and pig exports rising
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Despite the disruptions following Russia’s ban on EU pork, Danish pork exports rose by 3% in the first quarter of 2014, compared with a year earlier. The growth of Danish weaner exports also continued in the early part of the year.
Feed market update - 18 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.
Pigs provide higher share of English agricultural output
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
New Defra figures show a 14% increase in the output of pig production in England during the year, to total £1.06 billion, the highest figure since 1996.
EU pork exports still holding up
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Despite the loss of their largest market, Russia, EU exporters continue to find alternative buyers for much of the displaced product. As a result, EU pork exports in April were only 9% down on the year, totalling 124,800 tonnes.
UK pig prices - week ended 14 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Having risen for the previous six week, albeit slowly, the EU-spec DAPP slipped back slightly in week ended 14 June, to stand at 164.15p per kg.
UK importing more pig meat
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
The latest figures from HMRC show a 6% year-on-year increase in UK pork imports in April, to 29,200 tonnes. UK pork exports showed a mixed picture, although overall shipments were almost unchanged at 15,100 tonnes.
Pork sales drop despite lower prices
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Shoppers’ spending on pork was down 4% year on year during March to May, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel data.
Higher producer share of retail pork price
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
The latest farm to retail price spread calculations by AHDB/BPEX showed that producers received 41% on the total retail price in May. This was 1% higher than the previous month.
Feed market update - 11 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.
Further improvement in breeding herd performance
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
According to latest figures from Agrosoft, the physical performance of GB breeding pigs showed some further improvement in the 12 months to March 2014.
Tight US supplies push up prices
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
The impact of the PEDv disease in the US was increasingly evident in the first third of this year. Latest figures show a 3% year-on-year decline in the number of pigs slaughtered between January and April.
UK pig prices - week ended 7 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
The EU-spec DAPP for the week ended 7 June edged up slightly to 164.53p per kg.
EU pig slaughterings still low
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
The latest EU pig slaughtering figures placed monthly throughputs 2% above the previous year’s level. However, throughputs on a per-working day basis were actually 3% down on the March 2013, indicating some tightness in supplies.
EU pig meat demand holding up
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Demand for meat in the EU has generally slowed since the economic downturn in 2008, particularly for red meat. However, in comparison to beef and lamb, pork has performed relatively well.
Quarterly Category Report published
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
The latest edition of the BPEX Quarterly Category Report was published last week.
Feed market update - 4 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Latest developments in cereals and oilseeds markets affecting pig feed.
Spanish pork exports driven by higher production
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
In the first quarter of this year, Spanish pork exports increased by 7% to 261,300 tonnes compared with the same period in 2013.
Smaller regional wheat price premiums ahead?
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
2013 was a particularly low production year for wheat in the UK resulting in strong regional differences in feed wheat prices. As a result of forecast increases in production in 2014, a reduced premium should be expected in Scotland and the north of England over East Anglia in the 2014/15 marketing season.
UK pig prices - week ended 31 May
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
The EU spec DAPP for the week ended 31 May rose marginally compared with a week earlier to 164.50p per kg.
Increasing Irish exports
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Irish pork exports performed strongly in the first quarter of this year, up 15% to 33,500 tonnes, in spite of only a marginal increase in production.
Higher German prices boost the EU market
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
EU pig prices continued to strengthen in May and the provisional figure for the EU as a whole averaged €165.11 per 100kg dw. This was around €14 higher than the low point recorded in March although only €2 more than the average for April.