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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

11 February 2013

BPEX Export Bulletin  – Week 06BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 06

Pork exports to Australia have not started in earnest, as we are awaiting the letter of approval from the Australian veterinary authorities. A small BPEX mission is flying to Australia soon for political and commercial discussions.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

The two-week Chinese veterinary inspection for pig semen went well, no major objections were raised. We are now looking forward to the risk assessment report from the Chinese authorities.

Following an exploratory mission to India in December, we are aiming to exploit the potential for livestock genetics, for which there is a clear demand. A follow up visit is planned this month; Canada and US competitors have also shown a strong interest. Pork is also on the ‘menu’.

European exports of pork products to China doubled in 2012 to 536,000 tonnes, representing 18.5% of total shipments. However, Russia remains the largest market totalling 700,000 tonnes. Other key markets include Japan, 210,000 tonnes; the Ukraine, 151,000 tonnes (up 45%) and South Korea, 128,000 tonnes.

A measure authorising the import of live US pigs into the EU for breeding and production has been adopted by the European Commission. The new rule will lead to the import of a limited number of breeding animals which will apply from 25 February 2013. Import conditions include individual testing of pigs destined for export for vesicular stomatitis. The measures also cover the transit of live pigs through the EU to their final non-EU country destination. Although, most of the genetic exchanges involve semen, this will allow UK breeders to broaden their genetic pool.


Aoste in trouble

Aoste are about to close down their Yssingeaux site (in central France) and confirm four redundancies in the St Symphorien sur Coise (also central France), where the group produces the Cochonou charcuterie products. This follows the split from Jean Caby and the closure of their Calixte factory in Boffres (in the South of France). According to the owner of the latest two sites to be affected, Spanish group Campofrio, these developments are due to difficulties in passing on price increases to the retail sector.

Index on cuts

The inter-ministerial delegate, Alain Berger, is still trying to improve relationships between the different parts of the French pig meat industry. The latest idea is to set up an index of cuts which could become a reference for commercial contracts, the Federation of retailers (which Système U has recently left) approves of the project, whereas SNIV – SNCP have already rejected it.


The 56 TMP basic price only lost €0.001 last Monday at the Plérin market. Demand is still very low, as underlined at Plérin. No positive activity is expected on the meat market in the next few days, which limits activity in the abattoirs.

Offers are sufficient for demand. Last week, the FNP-FNCBV price was down €0.03 for 25kgs and down €0.39 for post-weaning pigs.

The French market has been very calm since the start of month. There should be renewed activity for retail orders due to an expected return of the consumers to stores over the next few days.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 04 February 2013
Cut name Price range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.65
Trimmings 1.44
Leg 2.50
Loin including chump 2.74
Loin excluding chump 2.52
Belly extra without trimmings 2.75


Increasing exports of Danish piglets

Danish exports of piglets are now 40% higher than those from Holland. In 2012 Denmark exported approximately 9.2m piglets, Holland exported 6.5m. While Dutch exports remained unchanged, Danish piglet exports increased by approximately 15% during 2012. Germany is the leading destinations for both countries. Germany bought 4.1m piglets from Dutch pig farms, Belgium and Poland are also key destinations for Dutch piglet exports.


Meat Supplies on the market remain stable, at the same time the conflict between Germany and Russia is affecting the market with increasing uncertainty. Products that would normally be exported to Russia remain on the German market, depressing prices – in particular trimmings and bi-products. Prices of legs and fore-ends remain unchanged. Prices of loins and backs are also stable. Trade is reported as slow on the British bacon market. The present strengthening of € has led to some uncertainty, reducing competitiveness on several third country markets.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 04 February 2013
Slaughterhouse Danish Crown Tican
Slaughter pigs (70.0 – 86.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 1.493
Euro 1.493
Sows (Above 129.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 0.933
Euro 0.933
Boars (Above 109.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 0.800
Euro 0.800


Boar meat research

Gé Backus, of the LEI Institute, is leading an international research consortium that includes organisations from Belgium, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy and Poland with collaborations in China and Russia. The acceptability of boar meat will be studied.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

NVV backs Gé Backus

The busy scientist from the LEI Institute is also Director at DLV agricultural research centre. As such, he has been chosen by producers’ organisation NVV to develop new production systems for Van Rooi Meats and Jumbo supermarkets.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Tönnies’ boar development

In 2012, Tönnies slaughtered 1.5m entire male pigs. The percentage of rejects for boar taint is between 3.5% and 5% or 7,000 tonnes of output.

Tönnies’ "growth machine"

The largest pork producer in Europe now slaughters 150,000 pigs per week in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, 70,000 per week in Sögel, 80,000 in Weissenfels and 24,000 in Brørup (Denmark). This makes a total of 16m pigs per annum. The convenience division produces 300,000 tonnes of product or 2 billion individual packs. From 2014, it will handle the production of Zur Mühlen, an iconic German brand. The ingredient division includes the renderers Progra in Germany and Fapro in Belgium, as well as pharmaceutical and fine ingredient concerns Veracus and Acontex. The logistic division comprises Tevex Logistics. Tönnies is planning a large investment in Russia, with the production and processing of 800,000 pigs per year. Managing Director Clemens Tönnies has the ear of President Putin. For China, they claim that their brand “202” is now the most famous in the land.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

GFS good performance

The AI centre sold 3.8m doses in 2012, up 6% on the year. Turnover is now €13m.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 04 February 2013
Cut name Price range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.20/2.40
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 2.95/3.20
Boneless Shoulder 2.50/2.701
Picnic Shoulder 1.95/2.20
Collar 2.40/2.60
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.40/2.60
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.30/2.60
Jowl 1.50/1.70
Half Pig Carcasses U class 2.00/2.10


Unhappy abattoirs

Italian abattoirs are operating at a loss. They are caught between strong demand and limited supplies and are hit by current high pig prices.
(Source, Mercolleida)


Record volumes

Despite a slight fall of carcase weights, slaughter pig volumes for the last three weeks are still at record levels. Spanish pig abattoirs have increased their capacity which means they are still competing strongly to fill their extra capacity.
(Source Mercolleida)

Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 04 February 2013
Cut name Price range (€ / kg)
Gerona Loin Chops 2.50/2.53
Loin Eye Muscle 3.38/3.41
Spare Ribs 2.98/3.01
Fillets 5.43/5.46
Round Cut Legs 2.63/2.68
Cooked Ham 2.47/2.50
Rindless Picnic Shoulder 1.75/1.78
Belly 2.49/2.52
Smoked Belly with Spare Rib Section Cut off 2.92/2.95
Shoulder chap or Head Jowls 1.18/1.21
Back Fat, Rindless 0.93/0.96


Strong exports

Pork exports rose 13% in 2012 to 508,000 tonnes, these are still dwarfed by chicken exports of 3.92m tonnes.
(Source, Agra Europe)


Higher slaughter weights

With carcase weights in constant augmentation, the weight of US slaughter pigs could rise to 132kg live by 2022.
(Source, Porc Magazine)

Deadline for COOL ruling

Canadian and Mexican pork producers hope that the US will comply with the WTO ruling of Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). This is said to have cost Canadian farmers £1.2b. The WTO has given the USA until 26 May to enforce their decision. It faces strong opposition with 90% of US consumers supporting the COOL legislation.
(Source, Agfra Europe)


Betagro invest

The company opened a new feedmill in the central province of Lopburi, with an investment of £22m. The factory will produce 36,000 tonnes of additive-free feed per month for pork, poultry and cattle. This is the ninth feed mill for the company and the second additive-free, showing the way the market is going. It is also building a new petfood and fish meal plant worth £30m.
(Source, Asian Agri-Biz)


US genetics

The USA exported 12,138 breeding pigs to China in the 12 months ended 30 November. This represented a value of about £10m, according to the US Meat Export Federation.
(Source, Asian Agri-Biz)

New production unit planned

The Keshi Bush Organic Agriculture Company is planning to invest RMB350m to set up a production unit in Huoshan County, Anhui. Capacity will be 200,000 head annually of high quality Black Pigs.
(Source, BOAC Ltd)

Pork price

The wholesale carcase price from the 36 markets in medium and large cities averaged RMB23.35 per kg (£2.39 per kg) in week commencing 6 February, up 0.5% on the week.
(Source, BOAC Ltd)


German restrictions

During inspection of German enterprises exporting meat and meat products to Russia, Rosselkhoznadzor experts found that in Bavaria, Lower Saxony and Northern Rein-Westphalia the veterinary and sanitary requirements of the Russian Federation and Customs Union were not being correctly fulfilled. Specifically, the veterinary control of products is inadequate and does not guarantee the quality of raw materials in meat products. Also, despite reports of previous violations, the German Veterinary Service hasn’t taken measures to prevent future violations. To prevent potentially dangerous products entering the Russian market, Rosselkhoznadzor imposed a ban on imports of meat and milk products from the affected regions.

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