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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

09 December 2013

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Secretary of State Owen Patterson signed the import agreement with the Chinese authorities for pig semen on Monday as part of the Prime Minister-led visit to Beijing. This follows closely the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in London last Friday. However, we must face the final hurdle of individual AI centre approval.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

We visited India this week at the invitation of UKTI to study the possibility of exporting pork products there, as we enjoy a new working export health certificate. We are also pushing for the re-opening of the market to British breeding pigs. We last exported porcine genetics to India in 1984. There is a shortage of meat in India, particularly of pork products of Western safety standards and growing demand for the expanding middle classes. The mission included a small agri-tech and livestock conference in Chandigarh, the capital of wealthy Punjab and a number of meetings and interviews.



The Workers union FGTA-FO, has managed to reach an agreement with CECAB by which extra compensation will be paid by the cooperative. Olivier Le Bihan, the new General Manager of the plant (replacing Christophe Peter), said the causes of the disaster are:

  • Loss of expertise with departure of Gad family and executive managers
  • Drop of 6% of sales in volume since 2009 (especially with Auchan and Intermarché)
  • Reduced turnover at Brocéliande (dry charcuterie) following the take-over by CooperlNet
  • Loss of €13 million in 2010 and €19.3 million in 2012.

The debts have been reduced by €35 million (Cecab). 70% of debts are with social and fiscal organisation, as well as financial organisations over 10 years, also there has been an extension of suppliers’ debts for 10 years

The rescue plan includes the following items:

  • A contract for slaughtering of 40,000 pigs per week
  • €35 million investment in improved cutting equipment.

Trend of the charcuterie market

With a general growth in value of +2.3%, the charcuterie market is still progressing, albeit at a bit slower pace compared with last year. Lower sales in hard discount stores is the main driver behind this. In general, good quality new products sell well, whereas traditional products (dry saucissons) are slowing down. New healthy options, such as reduced salt, low fat or non-allergic products, are pulling the market. Obviously, the home made trend pushed by “recession” is the main market, boosting factor for culinary ingredients such as lardons, “matches” and cubes.


Pigs: The Status quo was maintained last Monday at “Marché du porc Breton”. The 56 TMP base price for the third session was €1.365. Offers were low and demand was a little firmer. However, carcase weights are lower, which will allow more fluidity in the pork butchery market.

Piglets: The seasonal decrease in availability of piglets has helped balance the market between supply and orders. As a consequence, prices are firmer. The FNP-FNCB price gained €0.02 for 25kg and €0.36 for post weaning piglets

Cuts: Latest data, up to third November shows a reduction in the purchasing of fresh pig meat of -1,1% compared with last year and higher prices for cuts, in particular for loins.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 2 December 2013

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.70
Trimmings 1.53
Leg 2.75
Loin including chump 2.78
Loin excluding chump 2.59
Belly extra without trimmings 2.60


More Piétrain genetics

Varkens KI Nederland, the market leader, now uses 45% of Piétrain semen as terminal sire, Varkens KI Twenthe 80%, Preferent 98%, Fokkerij Centrum Nederland 35% and Klasse KI 67%. This is due to the increased demand for weaners for the German market. Demand for the best Belgian Piétrain is now small. Other breed include Duroc and the composite Tempo.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

Dutch consumers are more positive

With the economic recovery in sight, Dutch consumers are more positive with the confidence index moving from –44 in February to -18 in November. A separate study by Vion shows that the image of meat is up again with buyers increasingly interested in the Dutch origin of the product.
(Source, various)


Better value from by-products

A new Danish Crown company needs to find new outlets for by-products that would otherwise be disposed of or sold very cheaply, including blood, hides, fat and bone. Achieving higher by-product value is part of the seven point Group Strategy. Danish Crown has established a subsidiary under the intestinal company DAT-Schaub with its own director and a group of employees who will be working across the many Danish Crown companies, both at home and abroad. The new company will work across all fields including pigs and cattle.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)


On European markets, the Christmas trade is now well underway. There is a good demand for legs, shoulders and fore-end cuts at slightly higher prices. On the UK bacon market, the situation is stable. For exports further afield to Russia, China and Japan, demand is also reported as stable.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 2 December 2013
SlaughterhouseDanish CrownTican
Slaughter pigs (70.0 – 86.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 1.588
Euro 1.588
Sows (Above 129.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 1.093
Euro 1.093
Boars (Above 109.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 0.960
Euro 0.960


Vion to close the Wunstorf plant

Having failed to sell its frozen food convenience operation, Vion has decided to close the Wunstorf factory with the loss of 163 jobs.
(Source, Vion)

Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 2 December 2013
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.35/2.60
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 3.25/3.45
Boneless Shoulder 2.55/2.75
Picnic Shoulder 2.10/2.28
Collar 2.55/2.70
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.40/2.55
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.35/2.55
Jowl 1.45/1.65
Half Pig Carcasses U class 2.11/2.21


Shuanghui bid for Campofrio?

The major Chinese processor has obtained a £800m credit line from the Bank of China and could well bid for the totality of the Campofrio business, according to Spanish daily El Mundo.
(Source, El Mundo)

Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 2 December 2013
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Gerona Loin Chops 2.53/2.56
Loin Eye Muscle 3.33/3.36
Spare Ribs 2.93/2.96
Fillets 5.53/5.56
Round Cut Legs 2.98/3.01
Cooked Ham 2.69/2.72
Rindless Picnic Shoulder 1.75/1.78
Belly 2.24/2.27
Smoked Belly with Spare Rib Section Cut off 2.67/2.70
Shoulder chap or Head Jowls 1.20/1.23
Back Fat, Rindless 0.65/0.68


Shuanghui-Smithfield the largest pig producer in the world

On top of its 860,000 sows in the USA, the company owns 100,000 sows in Mexico, 80,000 sows in Poland, 47,000 sows in Romania and around 20,000 sows in China.
(Source, Porc Magazine)

PEDV cases still rising

The number of new cases has risen to a record 117 for week ending 17 November from 92 the previous week. The total number of herds affected has now reached 1,279. The epidemic is expected to keep expanding with the cold weather.
(Source, American Association of Swine Veterinarians)

South Africa

New outbreak of FMD

Another new outbreak has struck the Mozambican border region.
(Source, OIE)


Large producers in China

The top ten pig producers still only represented 1.4% of Chinese sow population at the end of 2011. Among the main players feature Wens Family Farms with 350,000 sows, Luo Niu Shan with 60,000, Muyan with 50,000, Chaï Taï Conti 50,000, Zhengbang 45,000, Cofco 30,000, New Hope 20,000 and Shuanghui with 16,000 sows. Chaï Taï Conti is a co-venture between CP from Thailand and Conti Group from the USA; it is reputed to be the largest feed manufacturer in China.
(Source, Porc Magazine)


Largest producer increases production

Cherkizovo, the largest meat producing and processing company in Russia, has published its financial results for January-September of 2013. The data shows the consolidated revenue of the company for the period reached US$1.195b, 5% more than during the same period in 2012. However, specifically in the third quarter of the year, the gross income decreased by 26% and amounted to US$89.6 million compared with US$120.6 million in 2012. The company cites one of the biggest achievement this year as the three new pig-producing complexes, launched in 2012, reached full production capacity. This has allowed considerable increases in pork production, during the nine-month period by 59%.

New ASF outbreaks

New outbreaks of ASF were registered by Rosselkhoznadzor in several regions of Rostovskaya and Smolenskaya oblasts. According to Rosselkhoznadzor, The total number of outbreak registered so far in 2013 is 168.

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