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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

27 May 2013

BPEX Export Bulletin  – Week 21BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 21

What a sausage! 1,900 tonnes of sausages were exported in March, twice as much as in 2012. The total for the first quarter amounts to 3,800 tonnes (+73% year on year), which means as much as 10,000 tonnes could be reached by the end of the year for the symbolic British product. In particular, Hong Kong was very receptive to the offer from the three producers who presented products at Hofex two weeks ago.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

March trade statistics make for happy reading. For the first quarter, 68,000 tonnes of pork products were exported. Pork shipments were 23% higher year on year, at 43,400 tonnes, and offal exports increased by 73% to 15,700 tonnes.

Export Health Certificates 1246EHC – Export of pigs to the Republic of Korea and 1171EHC – Export of pork and pig products to the Republic of Korea have been modified. The certificates remain as “Agreed”. They were revised to reflect the current Korean import protocols for the above commodities with regard to freedom form disease.


Fewer finished pigs

While the number of sows has increased, there are fewer finishing pigs in Denmark. The total pig population remained stable at around 12 million head at 1 April 2013, according to Statistics Denmark. The data show the trend of increasing piglet exports as the number of finished pigs fell by 1.5%, to almost 3.1 million pigs, while the number of piglets increased by 3%.
(source, Landbrugsavisen).

Lower live exports to Russia

According to Russian statistics, Denmark was the only source of live pig imports to Russia in the first quarter of 2013. Russian live imports decreased sharply in 2012 and have virtually ceased in 2013. This is despite Russian import duties for live pigs being lowered dramatically due to Russian WTO membership in 2012. Danish exports of finished pigs to Russia totalled 3,500 head compared with 10,700 in the same three-month period last year. Breeding pig shipments halved to 1,500 head this year.
(Source, Markedsnyt for Svinekoed/Market news for Pigmeat).


European markets are generally stable although there has been some positive movement on markets. Hams continue to be sold at slightly higher prices; loins and necks are sold at similar prices on a stable market. The barbecue weather has still not arrived in Northern Europe, resulting in the continuation of a tough market for manufacturing meat, shoulders and trimmings. Sales of bacon to the UK are stable. For markets further afield, Russia remains calm while volumes to China are reported to have increased in terms of volume, albeit at lower prices. Trade to Japan is stable.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 20 May 2013
SlaughterhouseDanish CrownTican
Slaughter pigs (70.0 – 86.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 1.426
Euro 1.426
Sows (Above 129.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 0.918
Euro 0.918
Boars (Above 109.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 0.786
Euro 0.786


Labour costs

The French institute IFIP has attempted to compare labour costs between three European countries: France, Spain and Germany. This is a difficult task as costs depend on the type of cutting plant. Slaughtering costs vary between €0.06 and €0.12 per kg cwe. Cutting costs roughly vary between €0.10 and €0.50 per kg cwe. Labour accounts for between 71% and 76% of total costs.

Labour cost data
Hourly labour cost -
minimum (€/kg)
16 12 5
Hourly labour cost -
maximum (€/kg)
25 18 20
Average weekly working time -
(hours per week)
35 40 37.5
Average gross wage -
1,365 748 unknown
source: IFIP

Positive Fleury-Michon’s results

In 2012, Fleury-Michon improved their net margin by 0.6% to 2.6%. Three areas report growth: retail up 9% to €595 million, international up 6.8% to €47.8 million and food service up 11.1% to €48.3 million.


Pigs: Some firmness was confirmed in French markets last week while markets were stable in the rest of Europe. High stocks, resulting from low exports and weak consumption due to the continued poor weather and economic crisis in Europe, are applying downward pressure on the market.

Piglets: The European market remained low during the second half of May. Nevertheless, prices appear to have remained stable or only fallen marginally.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 20 May 2013

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.60
Trimmings 1.20
Leg 2.34
Loin including chump 3.07
Loin excluding chump 2.66
Belly extra without trimmings 2.98


75 years of meat research

The world famous Kulmbach Institute celebrates its 75th birthday this year. The Kulmbacher Woche, the annual week-long meeting on meat research marked its 48th edition.
(Source, AFZ)

Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 20 May 2013
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.20/2.40
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 3.00/3.25
Boneless Shoulder 2.40/2.60
Picnic Shoulder 1.90/2.10
Collar 2.70/2.90
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.40/2.55
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.25/2.45
Jowl 1.60/1.75
Half Pig Carcasses U class 1.94/2.02


Exports star at Tutto Foods

The largest Italian food exhibition took place this week. The meat presence was once again substantial, much was made of the strong export progress of dry cured meats and salami whilst the domestic market stagnates. This is a situation very similar to Spain, although in Spain fresh and frozen pork exports, rather than processed products, dominate. Hundreds of buyers were invited by the Italian export institute.
(Source, own)


Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 20 May 2013
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Gerona Loin Chops 2.38/2.41
Loin Eye Muscle 3.23/3.26
Spare Ribs 2.93/2.96
Fillets 5.23/5.26
Round Cut Legs 2.68/2.71
Cooked Ham 2.45/2.52
Rindless Picnic Shoulder 1.69/1.72
Belly 2.40/2.43
Smoked Belly with Spare Rib Section Cut off 2.83/2.86
Shoulder chap or Head Jowls 1.13/1.16
Back Fat, Rindless 0.68/0.71


Premium Standard Farms renamed

The large Southern pig integrator bought by Smithfield Foods some time ago, has changed its name to Murphy Brown of Missouri, reflecting greater alignment with the Smithfield business. The head office has been moved to Murphy Brown’s office in Princeton.
(Source, Premium Standard Farms)


Herd stabilisation?

Professor Hans-Wilhem Windhorst of Vicha University, a noted analyst on pork, believes that the Canadian pig herd is now stabilising at 1.3m sows, following a period of decline that commenced in 2006. Still, the number of pig holdings has halved over the last six years to 6,780 but now seems to have evened out. The loss has been greater in Western Canada than in Quebec and Ontario. Pork consumption peaked in 1999 at 22.9kg but has now fallen to around 16kg per capita per year. The industry has benefited from two subsidy programmes, the latest starting in 2009. Canada remains an export-focused industry with a high dependence on the United States.
(Source, Fleischwirtschaft)


Chinese wholesale prices week commencing 20 May 2013

 Price (RMB/Kg)£/KgChange on week
Pig Carcase 18.49 2.00 -0.54%
Source: BOACL
Prices collected from wholesale markets in 36 medium and large Chinese cities


Polish pork detained

The officers of Rosselkhoznadzor in Magadan banned the import of 25 tonnes of frozen pork from Poland as the labels did not include the Russian translation. According to international veterinary requirements, the exporter should provide information in the language of the destination country. Currently the pork is being held while the authorities will decide to either return it to the country of origin or clear it for import.


Higher production

Recent major investments in the pig-breeding industry have resulted in higher pork production in the Ukraine during the January-to-April period. During the four-month period, producers sold 154,800 tonnes (liveweight) to processors, 18% higher than in the corresponding period a year ago. The population of pigs at 1 May was 3.7 million head, 8% higher year-on-year.


Future ractopamine ban?

The Committee of Sanitary and Epidemiological Control of Kazakhstan is considering banning ractopamine as an additive to animal feed. The high level of meat consumption in the republic and insufficient scientific data on the cumulative effect of ractopamine on human health are the reasons for the potential ban.


Pork production expected to decline

Only 18,000 tonnes of pork are produced in Nepal compared with 287,000 tonnes of mutton, 172,000 tonnes of buffalo and 43,000 tonnes of chicken. The government is forecasting a fall in pork production with small growth for other meat species.
(Source, The Himalayan)

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