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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

12 January 2012

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With UK pork exports edging around the 145,000 tonnes at the end of 2011, they represent some 18.5 per cent of production. With some expansion forecast at least in China, South Africa and perhaps Australia, the share of production exported should breach 20 per cent in 2012.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin



On the European market the situation is a little sluggish. Fresh legs are sold at slightly declining prices. Loins are sold at a slightly declining price level as well. Sales of shoulders and trimmings for the industry remain unchanged. The bacon contracts on the British market are going to be renewed at slightly declining prices. Exports to Russia are relatively quiet after the turn of the year. The markets in China and Japan remain unchanged compared to last week.
(Sources, Danish Crown, Tican, Danish Agriculture and Food Councal)

Orders to reduce consumption of antibiotics

In late January between 100 and 200 orders to reduce consumption of antibiotics could be on their way to Danish pig farms, says veterinary director of the National Food Agency, Per Henriksen. Through an amendment of the Act on the Keeping of animals adopted after the general election in September the Agency was empowered to issue orders to reduce the number of animals in the stables. However, the orders cannot be issued until 2013 because the farmer must receive a warning at least nine months before followed by a stricter supervision over five months – without having reduced the consumption of antibiotics. Procedures to reduce the number of animals in the stables aim at reducing the infection pressure and the stress level among the animals and hereby contribute to reduce the need for antibiotics for the animals.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)

Scientists intend to reduce boar stain through genetic engineering

Danish researchers want to find the genes that are decisive for boar taint. The intention is to have solved the boar taint problem within seven years and before the ban on castration of pigs will be effective in Europe. A voluntary agreement has been made to stop the use of castration by 2018 in order to improve the pigs? welfare. The aim of the project is to find methods with genomic selection to reduce the number of pigs that develop the smell and to find tools that can predict the risk that taint will occur.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)

Court proceedings against the government for the fat tax

The Danish Butchers? Association is suing the government for the introduction of the fat tax which the organization finds is a violation of the law because it distorts competition between small and large businesses and because it actually has the same effect on imported products as a customs duty. Both effects are prohibited by the Lisbon Treaty, and it is why the association started court proceedings claiming that the duty is illegal and that the money paid in must be returned, informs chairman of Danish Butchers, butcher Leif Wilson Laustsen. Danish Butchers started the proceedings at the Copenhagen City Court but it is the intention to have the court ask the European Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling.
(Source, Food Supply)

Danish slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 09 January 2012
Slaughterhouse Danish Crown Tican
Slaughter pigs (70.0-86.9kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 1.347
Euro 1.347
Sows (above 129.9kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 1,000
Euro 1,000
Boars (above 109.9kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 0.867
Euro 0.867


Dry ham

The market is dominated by "labels" (7 000tonnes), especially Italian and Spanish ones with two digits growth in volumes such as +12.1 per cent *for Serrano ham (up to 1 800 tonnes). The main French label is Bayonne ham and represents 2 000 tonnes (stable). The standard dry ham market (8 580 tonnes) is dominated by Aoste (22.6 per cent market share in value) which communication strategy focusing on quality and convenience is rewarded by a progression of 13.7 per cent* in value. Globally the dry ham market is increasing bay 1.1 per cent *in volume to 15 600 tonnes and 3.6 per cent* in value to €333.3 million.

*rolling year to October 2011

Cooked ham

This huge market (over €1.4 billion) is still increasing in spite of a 93.1 per cent penetration rate, the permanent segmentation recruits new consumers (+2points) mainly with the dietetic proposition with reduced salt content (-25 per cent) and reduced fat content such as the 2.2 per cent fat in the “light selection” of Fleury-Michon Paris ham. These efforts are reflected in the evolution of market shares, the table below shows the progression of private brands (Fleury-Michon, Herta. to the expense of retailers. own brands and economy range. Madrange has been on the decline and since the purchase by Groupe Financière Turenne Lafayette (Monique Piffaut holding), rationalisation and focused investments should re-boost the brand.

  Value Trend
Fleury-Michon 19.2% +1.1pt
Herta 18.6% +1.7pt
Madrange 1.4% -0.4pt
Own brand 51.5% -1.1pt
Economy range 6.9% -0.8pt


Between a quiet French market, an export activity which is still low and the strong decline of the German quotation last Friday, it is not surprising that our basic price was under pressure yesterday in Plérin. This price lost 1.4 cents.


The French market remains very fluid, due to a limited offer for a demand that doesn?t change. Prices are firm. According to FNP-FNCBV the prices are slowing down by 5 cents for 25 kg and -92 cents for post-weaners.


The promotions market is not very good. The volumes for loins sold in stores are lower than hoped. The sales of legs, shoulder and trimmings are good, but no more.

Pork prices Rungis, week commencing 09 January 2012
Cut name Price range (Euro/kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.75
Trimmings 1.34
Leg 2.36
Loin including chump 2.67
Loin excluding chump 2.42
Belly extra without trimmings 2.36



On the pig meat market prices are under pressure. Mainly demanded products are cheaper products and quantities ordered do not meet expectations. Prices for chops, loins and filets dropped but also prices for shoulders and hams for Schnitzel production had to be lowered to facilitate sales. The same situation is notable for meat for processing. On sow meat, half carcasses are sold at last week's prices but sale prices for cuts are not satisfying.
(Source, AMI)

Pork prices, Hamburg, market week commencing 09 January 2012
Cut Name Price range (€/kg)
Round cut leg 2.05/2.20
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 2.80/3.00
Boneless Shoulder 2.25/2.45
Picnic Shoulder 1.90/2.05
Collar 2.15/2.35
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.25/2.40
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.15/2.40
Jowl 1.35/1.55
Half Pig Carcasses U class. 1.88/1.98


Hendrix genetics expand in France

The company has opened its French headquarters in the „zoopole. of Ploufragan in Brittany. Hendrix with its base in Boxmeer in Holland is managed by Antoon van den Berg. It isl owned by the Hendrix family (66 per cent), management (22 per cent) and French interests (12 per cent). It has a turnover of € 300 m. and is present in 100 countries, 24 of which with subsidiaries. It has 2,100 employees, 300 of them working in R&D. Some 60 per cent of Hendrix staff is based in France. The group owns France Hybrides, Hypor (pig genetics) as well as ISA (layers) and Hybrid (turkeys). For pigs, the improvement of feed conversion ratio is the absolute priority.
(Source, Porc Magazine)


Tax rises for the Catalan meat sector

The Generalitat de Catalonia is threatening to increase local taxes by 150 per cent. The industry says this would imply a loss of 1,000 jobs. The pork-dominated Catalan meat sector is the largest in Spain and represents 63 per cent of Spanish meat exports. It accounts for 18 per cent of Catalan industrial production and 3 per cent of Catalan GDP.

Pork prices in Barcelona market, week commencing 09 January 2012
Cut Name Price range (€/kg)
Carcasses (secondary grade) 1,474/1,480
Gerona Loin Chops 2,26/2,29
Loin Eye Muscle 3,21/3,24
Spare Ribs 2,78/2,81
Fillets 5,48/5,51
Round Cut Legs 2,48/2,51
Cooked Ham 1,92/1,95
Rindless Picnic Shoulder 1,60/1,63
Belly 1,96/1,99
Smoked Belly with Spare Rib Section Cut off 2,39/2,42
Shoulder chap or Head Jowls 1,33/1,36
Back Fat, rindless 1,36/1,39


Production of pig meat in Russia increased

According to Russian minister for Farming, Elena Skrynnik, the production of pig meat in Russia increased by 4.5 per cent in 2011 compared to 2010.
(Source, Markedsnyt for svinekoed)

New outbreak of ASF registered in Krasnodarsky Krai

Early in January, ASF virus was detected in Industrialny pig-farm in Krasnodarsky Krai where 98 pigs died. Veterinary Administration of the region introduced an emergency state and all 30,000 pigs on the farm were culled. Krasnodarsky Krai is one of the regions of the Russian Federation where in the past, ASF outbreaks were registered. Other areas affected by the disease in 2011 were: Stavropolsky Krai, Volgograd, Rostov, Nizhnegorodskaya, Leningradskaya, Murmansk, arkhangelsk, Tver, Kursk oblasts and Kalmykiya (for domestic pigs) and Rostov, Tver oblasts, Adugeya region, Karachayevo-Cherkesskaya and Kabardino-Balkanskaya republics of the Russian Federation (wild boars).
(Source, RIA-Novosti)

US pigs in Stavropolsky Krai

Agricultural enterprise Zolota Nyva, delivered more than 1,000 breeding pigs from the USA to a new pig-breeding complex Gvardiya in Stavropolsky Krai. Gvardiya is one of the biggest agricultural investment projects in the region with a total investmentof about 4 billion rubles (USD 126,758,000). The project will be completed in the beginning of 2013, and pigs have already been brought to the premises. The pigs delivered from the USA are bred by the world-famous American company PIC, and embody the latest genetic achievements of the company.


Preventive measures

Due to new ASF outbreaks in Russia Belarusian authorities approved a list of measures to prevent outbreaks of ASF within the territory of Belarus in 2011-2015. The list includes the management of collection and destruction of biological and food waste at restaurants, canteens, other public nutrition organizations; transportation and selling of pigs only in accordance with sanitary and veterinary requirements (thus, pigs should be transported from a pig farm to a meat-processing enterprise only in vehicles belonging to the latter and the vehicles should be disinfected after each consignment of pigs); and a ban on the import of pigs, boar sperm, pork, skin and other raw materials originating from pigs from regions affected by ASF. Import of used equipment for breeding or slaughtering of pigs from regions affected by ASF is also banned. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus also addressed local authorities to conduct training of their employees so that they can react quickly and efficiently in case an ASF emergency takes place.


Pork production is stable

US inventory of all pigs on 1 December 2011, was 65.9 mi. heads, up 2 per cent from 1 December 2010, but down 1 per cent from 1 September 2011, according to USDA quarterly report. Breeding inventory, at 5.8 mi. head, was up slightly from 2010 numbers, but down slightly from June through August 2011. Profitability is expected to recover this year but farmers are taking a cautious line.
(Source, USDA, various)


Ractopamin banned

The veterinary authorities have banned the production and sale of ractopamin, a feed additive, in an effort to curb the use of 'lean powders' such as clenbuterol. Ractopamin is marketed by Elanco under the name Paylean and is allowed in the USA, Canada and Mexico. However, it is already banned for Chinese imports.
(Source, CNN)

New imports

Vion, Van Rooi from the Netherlands and Seara and Aurora from Brazil are the latest exporters able to ship pork directly to mainland China. Aurora will send 10,000 tonnes in January.
(Source, various)

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