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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

25 March 2013

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UK pork exports for January are up a healthy 9.4% on the same month of 2012, to 12,000 tonnes. China was the star performer, with 3,000 tonnes in total being shipped to Mainland China and Hong Kong. However, exports to the Netherlands have rebounded, doubling to 2,700 tonnes. Germany remains the largest single market with 2,800 tonnes (+7.7%). Offal exports were up 5.6% to 2,600 tonnes.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

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Marché du Porc Breton

Marché au cadran is a French version of auction market system. Marché du Porc Breton (MPB) is an association set up to organise the marketing of pigs in Brittany; it is based in Plérin, near St Brieuc. The auction system is based on electronic decreasing bids, batches are presented at random and unsold lots are sold at the end of the market at the average price from the days sale. Auctions take place on Monday afternoon (results available at 5pm) and Thursdays (results available at 1pm). Sellers represent 10 different groups of producers covering all “départements” within the region, including Agrial (72), Cecab (29) and Triskalia (22). On the buying side, 14 companies are represented including Abera, Bernard, Cooperl, Socopa and Charal.

MPB prices are used as the national reference. MPB gives regional prices and international prices to all operators using the market; they also produce weekly and monthly analysis of the pig market.


With limited increases on the European market and limited enthusiasm on the French demand, the 56 TMP basic price on Monday did not confirm the increase started last Thursday.

French prices remain firm on a balanced market. Although demand is somewhat limited there is currently no excess in piglet supplies. The FNP-FNCB piglet index increased €0.02 for 25kg piglets and was €0.49 higher for 8kg piglets.

Over the first two months of the year, household fresh pig meat purchases increased by 0.4%. Loin prices increased by 6.3% to €6.91 per kg and sales decreased by 1.4%. In contrast, prices for other cuts decreased by 8.1% to €5.03/kg and consequently sales increased by 11.4%. Charcuterie purchases are on the decline, falling by 1.1% with a 0.9% fall for cooked ham and a 8% drop for belly, bacon and lardon purchases.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 18 March 2013

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.65
Trimmings 1.46
Leg 2.31
Loin including chump 2.91
Loin excluding chump 2.56
Belly extra without trimmings 2.71


Food scandals

Although recent food scandals have involved horse meat, organic egg fraud, aflatoxins in milk but not pork, they have shaken overall consumer confidence in Holland.
(Source, various)

Economic results positive

Agrovision data points to a gross margin of €501 per sow in 2012, up from €261 in 2011 with 27.8 pigs per sow per year. The results show €82 gross margin per slaughter pig, up from €74 for pigs at 92.3kg, 58% meat. The feed cost is up to €0.79 per kg of growth from €0.72 a year earlier.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 18 March 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 2.50/2.55
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


Brørup slaughterhouse expands

The Brørup slaughterhouse, owned by the German slaughterhouse group Tönnies Fleisch, will significantly expand capacity in April to 30,000 pigs per week. This follows expansion at the plant and a successful application for an environmental permit from the authorities. The CEO of the slaughterhouse, Jann Jensen, denies that he will have to find new suppliers to reach target capacity; pigs will be sourced from existing suppliers. 20 new jobs will be created taking employee numbers at the site to 250.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)

Stalls ban

Denmark reported that it is just 94% compliant with the new legislation, which is why the EU Commission recently made Denmark aware that they may refer Denmark to the Court of Justice. Despite the fact that Spain has reported to the EU Commission that it now largely complies with the new 2013 legislation for loose sows, an animal welfare group has revealed the opposite. Recordings from the group Compassion in World Farming show that Spanish pig producers still keep pregnant sows in stalls.
(Source, Markedsnyt for Svinekoed)


On the European market fresh legs have been sold at slightly higher prices. The market for shoulders is tough with prices, by and large, remaining unchanged. Exports to the UK bacon remained stable. Demand from Russia has slightly improved although buyers are hesitant due to the approaching period of Russian fasting. Demand from China continues to be slow with decreasing prices and the situation in Japan remains unchanged.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 18 March 2013
SlaughterhouseDanish CrownTican
Slaughter pigs (70.0 – 86.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 1.466
Euro 1.466
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


Rise of export of dry-cured ham and shoulders

Some 26,688 tonnes (+8.7%) of popular jamons and palettas were exported in 2012, worth €237m (+10%). The main sales growth was experienced to Portugal and Germany. These two markets plus France, Italy and Belgium represent more than 70% of shipments.
(Source, Mercolleida)

Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 18 March 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


Australian approval

Following the UK, Irish pork is now approved for export to Australia.
(Source, Irish Farmers’ Journal)


Pork consumption to overtake poultry

According to projections by the European Commission on Russian agricultural markets, pork consumption should grow strongly towards 2020-25 and should overtake poultry by 2017. The economic forecasts also show that Russian pork prices will rise further leaving a wider gap against EU prices. Russian pork production will not rise fast enough to fill the gap, thus imports will keep rising.
(Source, European Commission)

Import duties may increase

The Ministry of Agriculture is considering the possibility of increasing import duties for pigs and dairy products to Russia exceeding quota volumes. For reference, after Russia joined the WTO, the import duty for pork was decreased from 15% to 0% and for imports over quota the duty was decreased from 75% to 65% but not less than €1.50 per kg. This resulted in higher pork imports to Russia and a decrease in proficiency of domestic pig-breeding. The government should support the domestic producers or the volume of production of pork in Russia will significantly decrease, claim market experts.
(Source, Expert Online)

FMD in Russia

Foot and Mouth disease, of Asian strain, has been detected in the trans-Baikal region. Cattle and pigs are implicated.
(Source: OIE)

Listeria infected bacon imported

Rosselkhoznadzor will remove from sale frozen smoked bacon imported from Belgium, produced by Vlevy. It is reported that the product was infected with listeria, which may result in serious health problems to consumers. Rosselkhoznadzor central office informed its regional branches of the necessity to remove the product from sale.


Higher pork imports

In 2013, pork imports to the Ukraine increased from $21.1 million in January to $27.5 million in February in value terms, an increase of 37.8% month-on-month.
(Source, APK inform)


Zhongpin to go private

The major pork processor will go private in a £280m complex deal with Golden Bridge, a Caiman based holding company. The deal benefits from a loan from China Development Bank. Zhongpin operates 3,447 retail shops in 20 provinces, the price looks cheap.
(Source, Asian Meat, our comment)

Food control restructure

The 13 existing government agencies in charge of food and drug regulation are to be merged to create a single agency. This follows repeated food scandals and crises.
(Source, various)

Reaction against dumping of dead pigs

At last, the Ministry of Agriculture is reacting to the dumping of dead pigs in Chinese rivers (see bulletins passim). This includes finding the culprits and subsidising disposal.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

Planned investment in Chongqing

New Hope Liuhe Feed plans to invest RMB1.26b in a new pork project in Chongqing. The project, scheduled to be completed in 2018, is designed with a production capacity of 320,000 head with slaughter capacity of 500,000 pigs annually.
(Source, BOAC Ltd)


In week commencing 18 March, the Chinese wholesale pork price collected from 36 markets in medium and large cities averaged RMB20.55 (£2.18) per kg, 4% lower week-on-week. Supplies are reported as adequate in the face of weakening demand.
(Source, BOAC Ltd)


Higher South Korean pig production

According to the US Department of Agriculture, South Korea’s pig production is forecast to increase by 20% in 2013. The consumption of pork is anticipated to increase accordingly and pig prices are expected to decline. In order to avoid a drop in prices, several producers are voluntarily reducing sow numbers by 10%, the government will assist with this. In addition, pigs will be slaughtered at lower weights and processed dishes must contain more than the current 80% of meat produced in South Korea.
(Source, Feedinfo, Markedsnyt for Svinekoed)


New abattoirs for Hanoi

The Vietnamese capital plans to build eight new abattoirs by 2015 with a daily capacity of 245 tonnes of pork, 78 tonnes of poultry and 45 tonnes of beef accounting for between 50 and 70% of the fresh meat of the city. By 2016, two further abattoirs will also be built with a capacity for 70 tonnes of pork and 66 tonnes of poultry. The city already operates six abattoirs which run below capacity. There are 3,000 abattoirs in Hanoi, of which 2,540 fail to meet hygiene requirements.
(Source, Asian Meat)

Consumption holding

Despite the major clenbuterol scandal of 2012 (see bulletins passim), pork consumption has not been overly affected and has even registered some growth, moving from 3.20m tonnes in 2011 to 3.36m tonnes in 2012 and is forecast at 3.53m tonnes for 2013. Imports are expected to fall in 2013.
(Source, GIRA)

Dong Nai chooses Canadian genetics

British genetics have performed strongly in Vietnam. However, the pig producers’ association of Dong Nai province, with 600 members, is building a GGP farm for 400 sows using Canadian stock. The organisation works in partnership with the abattoir of the Dong Nai Food Industrial Corporation (DOFICO). PRRS is a serious problem in the province.
(Source, Asian Pork)

New Zealand

Pork import appeal rejected

The New Zealand pork producers appeal to block pork imports on the basis of PRRS risk has been rejected. New Zealand imports 41,000 tonnes of pork from Canada, USA, Australia and Finland and produces 49,000 tonnes.
(Source, Scoop Business)

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