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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

18 August 2014

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The effect of the Russia ban is limited for EU pork. It is not the case for Canadian exporters whose shipments account for the largest share of Russian pork imports. It looks like that these will be displaced by pork of various origins such as Brazil and China (the latter would mean much dearer imports) and more Canadian pork weighing on the world markets.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

According to Rabobank, PDEv will reach its nadir in September and the slaughter pig shortfall will decline towards June 2015. Losses in Canada are likely to increases.

HMRC data released this week shows that UK pigmeat exports in the January to June period were 11% higher on the year, at 95,000 tonnes, valued at £106m. Volumes shipped to Greater China amounted to 24,000 tonnes, accounting for 25% of the total UK export market.


The Russian ban on French pig meat

The Russian ban on EU pig meat started in February 2014, due to sanitary reasons (African swine fever). The recent extension of the Russian ban on EU food for one year will not favour the difficult commercial relationship with Russian trading authorities. France used to export 75,000 tonnes of pig meat to Russia (10% of total EU pig meat exports to Russia) representing €150 million but the total economic impact of this ban is valuated at €500 million.

Kintoa pigs

Basque products are currently very trendy and any food product with Espelette pepper (Basque pepper) sells like hot cakes. Along the lines of Bayonne ham, Basque charcuterie has become very popular and the production of Basque pigs is a profitable business. The Basque pig breed, known as Kintoa, is definitely resurrecting through the “Porc Basque” initiative, the association is desperately recruiting producers in the Basque country and neighbouring counties of Béarn. Finishers claim a margin of €100 per pig thanks to an advantageous payment grid and an efficient centralised feed buying system. The objective of the Association is to look after the interest of this initiative and to gain PDO status by the end of 2015. The designated area would include the Basque country (Pyrénées Atlantiques French “département”) located in the very south west of France and some areas of the Béarn region.


Pigs: The 56 TMP base price lost €c0.8 last Monday. Activity in abattoirs was sufficient (12,000 pigs) to meet current requirements.

Piglets: Prices are decreasing in Europe. Last week the FNP-FNCBV price lost €c4 for 25kg weaners and €c72 for 8kg piglets. Offers are high and prices remain under pressure.

Cuts: According to SNIV-SNCP, the decision of the extension of the Russian ban on all the porcine meats will be very bad for the EU companies working on the export markets.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 11 August 2014

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.50
Trimmings 1.41
Leg 2.61
Loin including chump 3.19
Loin excluding chump 2.92
Belly extra without trimmings 2.84



On European markets, fresh hams traded at unchanged prices this week with deals on other cuts largely being concluded at similar prices on the week. The UK bacon market situation is reported as quiet. For countries outside Europe, volumes shipped are reported at reasonable levels to Asian markets, including China and Japan.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 11 August 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
n/a n/a


Unchanged recommended price

During the first-half of 2014, 28.7m pigs were slaughtered in Germany, around 2% fewer compared with the same period in 2013. This trend has continued and currently pig supplies are reported as comparably low. However, supplies are more than sufficient for current demand from slaughter facilities. The ongoing summer holidays, wet weather and the Russian restrictions are resulting in comparably low pork demand. As a result, the seasonal trend of rising prices on the market that are typical, have not occurred. Several slaughter facilities have increased downward pressure on the market due to low meat sales. Despite this, the recommended price remained unchanged at €1.63 per kg.

Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 11 August 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.35/2.45
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 3.15/3.35
Boneless Shoulder 2.45/2.60
Picnic Shoulder 2.00/2.25
Collar 2.70/3.00
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.10/2.40
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.00/2.30
Jowl 1.25/1.35
Half Pig Carcasses U class 2.00/2.10


ASF spreading

In the course of the special meeting of the Extraordinary Commission on Anti-Epizootic Matters, Sergey Zhdanov, Deputy Governor of Kurhanskaya oblast, said that currently there are 104 active outbreaks of ASF on the territory of the Russian Federation. For reference, from 2007, there have been 700 outbreaks of the disease registered in the country.

Paraguay inspection

Rosselkhoznadzor addressed the Veterinary Service of Paraguay with their request to inspect enterprises that were adding water to the meat they produce. According to the information, published in a Rosselkhoznadzor press release, the Veterinary Service of Paraguay needs to provide Rosselkhoznadzor information on all companies, together with those that meet the food safety requirements of the Customs Union. Earlier imports of meat from a number of companies from Paraguay were banned due to registered cases of adding water to products.


Baggage checks

Due to the threat of ASF spreading, all border-crossing points of Lithuania increased baggage controls of people entering Lithuania from Russia and Belarus by car, rail, sea or air. The goods banned from import are meat products (including bacon), fresh meat, animal fat, sausages, canned meat, and baked goods with meat filling.


Chinese wholesale prices week commencing 11 August 2014

 Price (RMB/Kg)£/KgChange on week
Pig Carcases 19.67 1.92 +2.88%
Source: BOACL
Prices collected from wholesale markets in 36 medium and large Chinese cities


San Miguel to expand regionally

San Miguel Pure Foods, the leading Philippines food producer and processors plans to expand its “problematic” operations in Vietnam and expand in Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia says Francisco Alejo, San Miguel’s President.
(Source, Asian Pork)


PEDv subsiding

According to Pham Ngoc Thach, a professor at Hanoi University, PEDv remains a threat but is now on the decline with small farms.
(Source, Asian Pork)


Nagaland new import duty

The main Indian pork producing state has lowered the import duty for pork from 63.1 to 36.9% in order to increase consumption and boost the competiveness of the pork sector.
(Source, Asian Pork)

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