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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

07 July 2014

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Following the April complaint of the Russian pork ban to WTO, and the completion of the 60-day consultation period, EU’s request for the establishment of a WTO panel will be discussed at a special meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 10 July.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

At the meeting, Russia can object and, under WTO rules, if the EU tables the issue again, at the next meeting of the DSB on 22 July, Russia will not be able to object to the establishment of such panel. Meanwhile, some negotiations are still taking place and sources say a compromise is possible.


Anti PEDv measures

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has decimated pig production in the USA. Research in Minnesota has shown that, even when diluted to 10% and inoculated to piglets, the virus provoked clinical signs. Therefore, the presence of a microgram of the virus in pigs’ excrement could pose a real threat. Without an efficient vaccine, measures have been set up in France to strengthen biosecurity. Firstly, restricting movements of piglets (8 to 30 kg) and breeding animals should reduce PED’s incidence. Although the risk of contamination is limited by the small herd size, this risk increases with the number of interventions on farm and with insufficient cleaning of lorries. Cleaning, thorough disinfection and communication are vital to reduce the risk of PEDv.

Black shield

“L’écusson noir” (black shield) is the new brand developed by a cooperative set up by eight pig producers in the Limousin region. The objective of the new coop is to produce 150 pigs, reared outdoors for 16 months. The selling price per head is between €450 and €500. The meat and charcuterie products will be sold through local butchers and restaurants.

Free of antibiotics

Cooperl Arc Atlantique is planning to launch a range of pig meat and charcuterie products free of antibiotics and labelled with the Brocéliande brand which will be dedicated by Cooperl to supermarket shelves. The project is part of the Ecoantibio initiative launched by the French government in order to reduce usage of antibiotics by 25% before 2017. Cooperl encourages producers to stop using antibiotics for piglets over 6 weeks old, the objective is to increase the number of pigs free of antibiotics from 150,000 this year to 1.5m by 2017.


Pigs: Despite fairly straightforward price increases across Northern and Southern Europe, the 56 TMP base price only increased by €c0.6 Monday in Plérin. According to ‘Marché Pork Breton’, there will be moderate availability of livestock, while renewed interest from abattoirs is expected as it is the beginning of the month and the summer season.

Piglets: Offers range from stable to slightly increasing depending on the category and region. In parallel, demand is still present but is not progressing. The indices FNP-FNCBV continue to improve and last week they gained over €c4 for 25kg weaners and €c72 for 8 kg piglets.

Cuts: The beginning of the month is conducive to a revival in consumption and, therefore, orders from retailers. A quick burst of activity is expected at the beginning of the week which could quickly give way to dynamic sales of seasonal products if the weekend weather turns sunny. This awakening of trade could be mitigated by the start of school holidays and a small slowdown in consumption in households ready to go on holiday.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 30 June 2014

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.50
Trimmings 1.34
Leg 2.69
Loin including chump 3.19
Loin excluding chump 2.95
Belly extra without trimmings 2.77



On European markets, prices are reported as stable. In Germany, the start of the summer holidays in some states has reduced demand. The UK Bacon market remains stable at similar price levels. Good stable sales are reported on the Asian markets of China and Japan. Good demand continues from the USA due to the impact of PEDv, sales of new products have been strong to the US market.


Pini gives up

The Italians’ plan for a very large abattoir in Sachsen has been abandoned. The project involved a €55m investment and the creation of 2,500 jobs for a plant slaughtering 1,000 pigs per hour.
(Source, AFZ)

Decrease of German recommended price

Following the recommended price increase last week, several slaughter facilities ordered significantly fewer pigs. Demand for pork cuts is still comparably low. Despite the low slaughter activity, existing pigs can still be placed in most regions in Germany. Several producers report that the German pig market is currently perfectly balanced. However, the recommended price was reduced by €c3 per kg to €1.75 per kg.

Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 30 June 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.55/2.65
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 3.40/3.60
Boneless Shoulder 2.60/2.70
Picnic Shoulder 2.15/2.40
Collar 3.00/3.25
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.20/2.50
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.15/2.35
Jowl 1.40/1.50
Half Pig Carcasses U class 2.15/2.25


The top five processors are growing

The Batallé-Juiá now accounts for 9.7% of Spanish pork or 338,500 tonnes as Batallé now owns 50% of Juiá. Output at Vall Companys is up nearly 10% at 317,800 tonnes representing 9.2% of national production. Costa Brava, Jorge/Grupo Samper and El Pozo all progress with respective market shares of 6.8%, 6.5% and 5.1%.
(Source, Alimarket)

Cárnicas Tello opens Beijing office

Cárnicas Tello, a pork processor from Toledo, has recently opened an office in Beijing. This is to enable the company to be closer to their Chinese partners and provide a personalised customer service.
(Source: Eurocarne)

Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 30 June 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Gerona Loin Chops 2.90/2.93
Loin Eye Muscle 3.83/3.86
Spare Ribs 3.38/3.41
Fillets 5.48/5.51
Round Cut Legs 3.40/3.43
Cooked Ham 2.77/2.80
Rindless Picnic Shoulder 1.84/1.87
Belly 2.63/2.66
Smoked Belly with Spare Rib Section Cut off 3.06/3.09
Shoulder chap or Head Jowls 1.26/1.29
Back Fat, Rindless 0.73/0.76


New rules for Iberian pork

New rules compatible to Spanish legislation now apply to Portuguese Iberian pork, Porco preto. They have been introduced to combat fraud and guarantee product authenticity.
(Source, A Carne)


Hauliers want to lead

Henk Bleker, the President of the Livestock Logistics Association has launched the Expertise Centrum VeeTranport (ECVT – Expert Centre for Livestock Transport) with an investment of €500,000 mostly in the form of data system. The new centre will issue recommendations based on data analysis.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Rewe sells Billa

Rewe is selling its 136 Billa supermarkets, 56 of them to Carrefour and the rest to a mix of entities. It is keeping its 300-strong Penny discount chain for the time being. This reflects the tough conditions on the Italian market.
(Source, Lebensmittel Praxis)


Hog futures jump

Last Friday's USDA hog report showed a bigger-than-expected decline in the U.S. hog herd as PEDv cut supplies. This led speculators to cover their short fall and led to a sharp rise of hog futures.
(Source, Reuters)

More EU pork

As expected, pork imports from the EU are up 26% to 24,000 tonnes in the first four months of the year against the same period of 2013 with Denmark supplying half of it, followed by Poland with 4,000 tonnes.
(Source, various)


Expansion plans

The Argentinean government wants to double pork production by 2020 to 820,000 tonnes. In total, it plans to increase farming output by 50%.
(Source, AFZ)


More pork bans?

Russian sources are reporting that Rosselkhoznadzor is considering a suspension of Canadian and Brazilian pork due to findings of ractopamine. At this point, however, no official action has been announced and the Russians are asking for consultations with their counterparts in Canada and Brazil. This is not confirmed but could be big news as supply options are already very limited and the great majority of imports now originate from these two countries.
(Source, own)

Meat prices continue growing

Between 23 June and 30 June wholesale prices for pork (half-carcase) in the Central regions of Russia increased by more than 6% and live pig prices increased by 7%. The increase was driven by a number of bans and restrictions on pork imports to the Russian Federation imposed by Rosselkhoznadzor. Russian pig production companies are unable to completely satisfy demand from the market in full.

New ASF outbreak

A new outbreak of the ASF, the third since the start of June, has been registered in Kaluzhskaya oblast. A dead wild boar was found in the territory Tarusa. Laboratory tests identified ASF.


Longda listing

Shandong Longda Meats Foodstuffs Co. Ltd. a pork producer and processor is now listed on the Chinese Stock Exchange. The business started in 1985 and now counts 20,000 employees.
(Source, CNAgri)

Chinese wholesale prices week commencing 30 June 2014

 Price (RMB/Kg)£/KgChange on week
Pig Carcases 18.56 1.74 0.60%
Source: BOACL
Prices collected from wholesale markets in 36 medium and large Chinese cities

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