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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

18 June 2014

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Temporary measures to allow for the safe imports of live pigs from the US and Canada have been endorsed by experts at SCFCAH following pressure from the industry.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

Live pigs from these countries entering the EU will be tested for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea in order to protect the European pig industry from infection. These measures follow discussions held last week during the World Assembly of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The Commission has also asked the European Food Safety Authority to carry out a scientific opinion on emerging PED viruses that will enable a more thorough review of the disease situation and risk mitigation measures.


A better life for pigs

On 5 June, the French Ministry of Agriculture was presented with a petition with 60,000 signatures. According to CIWF, it requests French and European ministers to enforce the rules designed to improve rearing conditions for pigs in Europe. CIWF claim that the welfare measures set up in 2003 have not been fully implemented and a letter requesting “better pig production” has been signed by European politicians including two ex-Ministers of Environment: Corinne Lepage and Chantal Jouanno.

Bioporc joins Cavac

The only 100% French organic pig meat processor (€13 million and 70 staff) has been taken over by the Cavac cooperative (€800 million and 1100 staff) which supplies them with 250 pigs per week. Cavac also collects 10% of French organic cereals. This new deal opens promising perspectives for Bioporc and the CEO, Jérôme Lebrun, is planning to extend the plant next year and to double the turnover of the company within 5 years.

La Lauragaise (ex-Spanghero)

Weakened by heavy finance leases, the company created by Laurent Spanghero in July last year, went into receivership. Mr Spanghero is trying to maintain the 100 jobs in place and is presently considering two separate offers.


Pigs: In spite of the Bank holiday in many States of the Union, pork butchers prices were stable last week. The German base price gained €c3, the Belgium price gained €c2 and in the Netherlands prices rose €c2. This increasing trend was also mirrored in the South; the Spanish base price gained €c2.2.

Piglets: Despite the increase in prices at pork butchers, the main European piglet prices oscillated between firmness in Denmark, Netherlands and Belgium and a decrease in Spain; this is due to increases in the first offers of the new season.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 9 June 2014

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.50
Trimmings 1.31
Leg 2.58
Loin including chump 3.18
Loin excluding chump 2.75
Belly extra without trimmings 3.09


Illegal drugs

Danish Food Administration’s veterinary mobile team discovered 50 kg of tetracycline, a drug produced in China, on a Danish pig farm. The drug is not approved in Denmark, and accordingly it is illegal to use in pig production. The Food Administration informs that the medicine was purchased illegally through an unknown supplier and the owner of the pig farm will be reported to the police.
(Source, Ritzau)


On European markets cuts are sold at virtually unchanged prices. The UK bacon market remains stable with similar prices being reported and good steady demand is reported from the Asian markets.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 9 June 2014
SlaughterhouseDanish CrownTican
Slaughter pigs (70.0 – 86.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Sows (Above 129.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Boars (Above 109.9 kg)
Difference to last week


Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 9 June 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Gerona Loin Chops 2.78/2.81
Loin Eye Muscle 3.68/3.71
Spare Ribs 3.23/3.26
Fillets 5.48/5.51
Round Cut Legs 3.25/3.28
Cooked Ham 2.72/2.75
Rindless Picnic Shoulder 1.81/1.84
Belly 2.53/2.56
Smoked Belly with Spare Rib Section Cut off 2.96/2.99
Shoulder chap or Head Jowls 1.26/1.29
Back Fat, Rindless 0.78/0.81


New cooperation

The two Swedish companies HKScan and Lantmännen have created a new strategic partnership. According to the two companies, the new partnership aims to offer innovative feed solutions and advice to the Swedish pig producers.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)


HKScan merge two subsidiaries

As part of HKScan’s plan to streamline its structure, the company decided to merge its two Estonian subsidiaries AS Rakvere Lihakombinaat and AS Tallegg to one company, HKScan Estonia.
(Source, Market news)


Higher pork price

According to the State Statistics Service, the average price for boneless pork in Russia in May was RUB327.41 per kg (US$9.46 per kg) which is RUB21.64 per kg (US$ 0.62 per kg) more than at the end of April and RUB38.24 per kg (US$1.1 per kg) more than in May 2013.

Ractopamine suspected in Brazilian pork

Sergey Dankvert, the Head of Rosselkhoznadzor, in an interview to the Russian media mentioned that his officers suspect that Brazil may have again started supplying pork containing ractopamine. Mr Dankvert said that this conclusion was made after officers obtained results of preliminary tests. Currently Rosselkhoznadzor is waiting for further test results, if these are positive, Russia may again ban import of pork from Brazil.


Polish Imports

After a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland, the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food in the Ukraine announced that the Ukraine is likely to give permission to import pork from Polish companies that are located in regions unaffected by ASF. A final decision on approval will be made by the Ukrainian veterinary officers.


Chinese wholesale prices week commencing 9 June 2014

 Price (RMB/Kg)£/KgChange on week
Pig Carcases 18.88 1.79 +0.16%
Source: BOACL
Prices collected from wholesale markets in 36 medium and large Chinese cities

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