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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

04 March 2013

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Difficulties on the US market are dominating the pork news. With Russia and China imposing ractopamine bans on US pork, export demand has been affected. This, combined with a weak domestic market, is applying downward pressure on prices.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

This is despite a 2.7% year-on-year fall in production, as supply forecasts predicted. Following a tough year in 2012, producers were expecting to rebuild cash flows in 2013, this is certainly not happening.



In 2012, the turnover of the French market leader increased by 7.1% to reach €691b. The group ended the year with their best results: volume sales in the French retail sector increased by 5.3% and by 8.5% in value. The turnover for Fleury-Michon branded products increased by 9.9%, charcuterie products by 11.7% and catering up by 10%. The operational margin of the group, including international business, is predicted to be over 5% higher.

Household purchases of charcuterie products in 2012

Charcuterie sales, self service only, increased by 2.4% in volume in 2012. Interestingly, poultry charcuterie did not increase, with volumes decreasing by 0.2% with the average retail price increasing by 4.1% to €9.95/kg.


Price increases from last week have not been sustained, due to low demand. Prices are increasing only in Spain. In all other European countries, markets are low and stable. In the short term, we do not see demand improving.

Although the pig market is stable, the piglet market is very firm. European supplies are limited with numbers predicted to remain tight. At the same time, requirements from finishers are at least stable or, in some EU markets, demand is strong.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 25 February 2013

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.65
Trimmings 1.41
Leg 2.26
Loin including chump 2.98
Loin excluding chump 2.50
Belly extra without trimmings 2.90


High Danish genetic sales

The total turnover for Danish boar semen and breeding pigs reached in excess of €200m in 2012, up 14% on the year and 50% more than in 2008 when selling genes from Danish pigs for export truly began. According to Nikolaj Norgaard, CEO of Knowledge Center for Danish Pig Production, Danish breeding animals and boar semen generally ensure robust productive pigs with high eating quality. The president of Danish Pig Production, Laurids Sondergaard, predicts that the interest for Danish genes will increase further.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen, JyllandsPosten).


On European markets, fresh leg prices were similar or slightly higher on the week. Despite some pressure, prices for loins and streaky bacon remained unchanged. The British bacon market remained stable. Exports have been fairly slow to third-country markets. On the Chinese market, customers are only starting to return to the market following the Chinese New Year. The increasing Danish Krone exchange rate against the Yen has slowed demand from Japan.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 25 February 2013
SlaughterhouseDanish CrownTican
Slaughter pigs (70.0 – 86.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 1.493
Euro 1.520
Sows (Above 129.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 1.026
Euro 1.026
Boars (Above 109.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 0.894
Euro 0.894


Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 25 February 2013
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.30/2.50
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 3.10/3.35
Boneless Shoulder 2.55/2.70
Picnic Shoulder 2.00/2.20
Collar 2.50/2.65
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.45/2.60
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.30/2.60
Jowl 1.60/1.75
Half Pig Carcasses U class 2.02/2.10


Fewer pigs in Europe

Eurostat have published the December pig populations statistics from 19 EU countries. The December census shows, as expected, that virtually all EU countries have recorded declines in breeding stock. Total stocks show an aggregate decline of 1.6% in the EU-19. The decline is largely driven by lower Polish pig numbers.
(Source, Markedsnyt for Svinekoed)


Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 25 February 2013
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Gerona Loin Chops 2.58/2.61
Loin Eye Muscle 3.53/3.56
Spare Ribs 2.98/3.01
Fillets 5.43/5.46
Round Cut Legs 2.83/2.85
Cooked Ham 2.50/2.53
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


Pig breeding complex planned

A pig breeding complex with capacity for 130,000 pigs is to be built in Ulyanovskaya oblast in Russia. The investor of the RUR 3.3 billion project is the Russian company ROS-BEKON. The complex will include pig farms, a feed plant and a refrigerated slaughterhouse. The company is planning to produce 15,000 tonnes of pork annually; the project is due for completion by 2015.


Import restrictions

The Ukraine banned imports of all products of animal origin, including frozen pork, manufactured by the Brazilian company Alibem Comerical de Alimentos due to their failure to comply with Ukrainian microbiological requirements. The ban came into force on 28 February; consignments shipped prior to the ban will only clear customs after passing a thorough veterinary examination.


Pork prices

In week commencing 25 February, the wholesale pork price collected from 36 markets in medium and large cities averaged RMB23.06 (£2.46) per kg. At this level the price was 3% lower week-on-week. Increased pig supplies in the face of falling consumer demand in the post New Year holiday period were the main drivers behind the decline.
(Source, BOAC Ltd)

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