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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

02 April 2013

BPEX Export Bulletin  – Week 13BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 13

A revised version of 7319EHC for the export of pork to South Africa has been made available. The new certificate removes a previous limiting clause which demanded that the pork be from pigs killed within the previous 6 months.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

Certificate 7564EHC has been made available for the export of pork to Malawi on an 'at exporters’ risk’ basis, ie not officially agreed with the Malawi authorities.

The UK showed an impressive representation with 32 companies present at the recent VIV Asia, the major livestock exhibition in the Far East. The fair was supported by Minister David Heath who held trade talks with his Thai counterparts.


Aoste new range

The time allocated to aperitif in France is increasing. Aoste are exploiting this as an opportunity with the launch of a new product as part of their Aoste Aperitif range, the product is a wafer of cooked ham at only 3% fat. Besides this, Aoste are also launching large slices of Savoie dry ham (110g, 4 slices at €3.95) and eye slices of chorizo.

Struggle in the north

According to a recent survey undertaken by the regional union of producer’s groups in Nord Pas de Calais, one pig farmer out of five will cease trading rather than invest to comply with the new welfare regulations. The pressure exerted on these producers is not only financial but also environmental; they perceive there are too many administrative, social and political issues to justify any investment.


Over 1,500 people demonstrated on 16 March in Landivisiau to in support of the Gad abattoir, currently under threat of closure.


Pigs: The 56 TMP base price remained virtually unchanged on Monday at Plérin. Supply and buyers requirements are stable. The meat market has not improved much over last week both domestically in France and on the export front. This is reflected in low slaughter rates which should pick up the day after Easter.

Piglets: Supplies are limited in the face of demand that shows little sign of improvement. However, prices remain firm. Last week the FNP-FNCBV index increased by €0.03 for 25kg and €0.55 for 8kg piglets.

Cuts: Little change at the beginning of the week. Trade is good in France, supported by current promotional activity. There is an overall lack of enthusiasm for exports.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 25 March 2013

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.65
Trimmings 1.46
Leg 2.27
Loin including chump 2.92
Loin excluding chump 2.67
Belly extra without trimmings 2.72


Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 25 March 2013
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.30/2.50
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 3.15/3.35
Boneless Shoulder 2.55/2.70
Picnic Shoulder 2.00/2.20
Collar 2.50/2.65
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.40/2.60
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.25/2.60
Jowl 1.60/1.75
Half Pig Carcasses U class 2.02/2.10


Higher pig production profits

A new income report from the Agriculture and Food Council and the Knowledge Centre for Agriculture showed Danish pig producers’ operating profits strongly improved in 2012 compared with 2011. The forecast shows an increase of €115,000 on average for pig producers. Higher profits are attributed to improved pork prices and continuing low interest rates. However, investment in pig housing has been very limited resulting in higher piglet exports. This reduces Denmark’s competitiveness as the slaughter capacity is underutilized. In 2013 a further improvement in operating profits is expected, especially for piglet producers, who can look forward to strong demand on export markets.
(Source, LandbrugsAvisen)

Salmonella outbreak

An outbreak of the rare salmonella disease Salmonella Cholerasuis resulted the slaughter of 5,200 pigs on one Danish farm. The disease was found following an autopsy on some dead piglets. This rare salmonella type was last found in Denmark in 1999. This salmonella is not harmful to humans according to the Danish Food Administration.
(Source, Midtjyllands Avis)


The European markets for pork remained unchanged. The cold weather across northern Europe has subdued demand somewhat. During the Easter Week there are fewer slaughterings and also less supply, thus, supply and demand is well balanced. Prices for legs, fore-end cuts and shoulders are stable. Bacon exports to the UK and export activity on third-country markets were unchanged on the week.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 25 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


Hilckman in the red

The Nijmegen abattoir lost €1.4m in 2011 and €0.9m in 2010 according to holding company Hilzaco. Turnover increased from €174m to €186m. The company is building an offal processing plant in collaboration with Teuwissen.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Russia not according to plan

Spain has 234 beef premises and 319 pork premises approved for export to Russia by their own veterinary services. However, the recent Russian veterinary inspection found “systemic” failures with 62% of premises failing the inspection and Rosselkhoznadzoe are threatening to halt all meat imports from Spain.
(Source, Global Meat News)

Catalonia leads the charge

The Catalan pork sector slaughtered 18.3m head in 2012, up 6%. The Catalan abattoirs export 65% of their production and, this in turn, 66% of all Spanish pork exports.
(Source, Mercolleida)

Strong demand leads to high prices

Over the last few weeks, Spanish pork prices have reached €1.93 per kg, the highest in the EU. Strong demand at home and abroad, as well as competition between plants seem to sustain these high prices.

Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 25 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 2.83/2.86
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


Head of Food Safety resigns

Mihai Turcanu the President of the state veterinary and food safety authority (ANSVSA) has resigned due to botched controls on milk for aflatoxins and on turkey for the veterinary drug enrofloxacin. An abattoir owned by his father was found relabeling horse meat as beef. Turcanu’s brother is the head of a regional council and an important member of the National Liberal party, hence, the political implications of the resignation. Other allegations on illegal horse slaughter are rife. The wife of a regional head of food safety is also accused of horse meat fraud to 36 countries.
(Source, Agra Europe)


Declining prices

The pork prices in Russia have decreased over the last 6 months. Liveweight prices during late March for pigs produced in Russia were 29% down compared with year earlier levels. The imported pork prices also decreased, falling by 17% over the last month. The decrease may partially result from the lower demand for meat during the Easter Fast.


Pig price

In week commencing 25 March, the Chinese wholesale pork price collected from 36 markets in medium and large cities averaged RMB19.61 (£2.08) per kg, 4% lower week-on-week.
(Source, BOAC Ltd)

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