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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

02 September 2014

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Third country pork exports increased by 11.8% on the year during the first half of 2014. There was some satisfactory progression, Mainland China up 20.6% to 13,986 tonnes, South Korea up 58.3% to 878 tonnes (coming back towards more normal levels) and, surprisingly, Thailand up 456% to 399 tonnes. In contrast, exports to South Africa and Japan are so far disappointing.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

The Notes for Guidance for export of pork to India have been revised alongside the Chinese model. For memory, BPEX will attend the Annapoorna show next month in Mumbai.

A routine veterinary inspection of approved plants to Korea is now planned for week commencing 14 September.



Representatives of workers’ unions are now relying on SVA’s potential offer to keep the 900 employees at GAD. In order to go into receivership and maintain current activity, GAD (and the court) will need to receive an offer from SVA before the hearing, which is scheduled for early September. The date is still to be confirmed.

Support to mountain pigs

Good news for pig producers in the centre of France: new CAP includes access to the status of Areas of Natural Constraints for mountain pigs from 2015. Also, mountain charcuterie and meat products will have to come from pigs fed with feed including 25% of components coming from the mountain instead of 50% required by present legislation. Pig producers will have to adjust their feed regime.

Precautions at Space

Local animal health organisations are warning all exhibitors and visitors to Space in Rennes (16 – 19 September) about precautions to prevent the introduction of diseases to the Brittany herd. Threats from several diseases (PED virus, African Swine Fever, Foot and Mouth Disease) led the organisers to take precautionary measures vis à vis foreign visitors from countries where diseases are presently recorded. For example, pig farmers will be asked to use different shoes to visit the show.


Pigs: The 56 TMP base price eased by €c0.7 last Monday at Plérin. Despite the approaching school year and traditional promotions in Super and Hypermarkets, markets are reported as quiet.

Piglets: Prices on the piglet market are more or less still decreasing, depending on quality, the region and operators. FNP-FNCBV prices lost €c2 for 25kg weaners and €c36 for post weaning piglets.

Cuts: No improvement is anticipated on export markets but improved demand is hoped for, in the short term, on the French market. As every year, September promotions, the return of consumers and the reopening of school restaurants should help sales.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 25 August 2014

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.50
Trimmings 1.31
Leg 2.45
Loin including chump 3.15
Loin excluding chump 2.79
Belly extra without trimmings 2.91


Worrying fall of weaner prices

The price of weaners has fallen below €35 per head from a high of €46. Although a price fall is customary at this time of the year, this also reflects some pessimism in the trade.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

Innovative pig breeding

The firm NoviPig from Limburg has developed a new concept of pig breeding farm to lower emissions and energy usage.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Vion takes full ownership of FVZ

Vion has taken full control of the convenience food concern based in Holzwickede. FVZ produces convenience frozen food products such as spare ribs and schnitzels. In addition, Vion is aiming to invest in its Southern German plants: Waldkraiburg, Landshut and Vilshofen. Capacity in Landshut will be brought to 21,000 pigs per week. On the other hand, the pork plants in Straubing and Pfarrkirchen will probably close.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

Edeka’s woes

The German retail leader has erased five pig farms from Schleswig-Holstein from the list of suppliers of its award-winning Gutfleisch brand following a report by animal welfare organisation Animal Equality.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

Marginally higher demand for slaughter pigs

The German pig market currently shows a large discrepancy between the market for slaughter pigs and pork meat. Meat sales remain comparably low with prices remaining unchanged, at best, or easing as is the case for hams and necks. As a result, meat traders requested a similar or lower recommended price. In contrast, demand for slaughter pigs has increased in several regions due to the end of the summer holiday season. Even slightly higher numbers of slaughter pigs can be placed without problem and a further increase in demand is expected over the coming weeks. Therefore, the recommended price increased by €2 per kg up to €1.65 per kg.

Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 25 August 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.30/2.45
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 3.10/3.40
Boneless Shoulder 2.45/2.60
Picnic Shoulder 2.00/2.20
Collar 2.65/2.90
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.10/2.40
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.05/2.30
Jowl 1.25/1.35
Half Pig Carcasses U class 2.00/2.10


Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 25 August 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Gerona Loin Chops 2.85/2.88
Loin Eye Muscle 3.73/3.76
Spare Ribs 3.38/3.41
Fillets 5.48/5.51
Round Cut Legs 3.30/3.33
Cooked Ham 2.71/2.74
Rindless Picnic Shoulder 1.78/1.81
Belly 2.63/2.66
Smoked Belly with Spare Rib Section Cut off 3.06/3.09
Shoulder chap or Head Jowls 1.16/1.19
Back Fat, Rindless 0.63/0.66


EU pressure

The EU has put pressure on Serbia not to increase its food exports to Russia (mainly fruits) as the country is a candidate to accession. In practice, only 7.2% of Serbian exports are destined for Russia and the country has limited spare capacity. As discussed last week, Serbia would find it difficult to increase its pork exports to Russia.
(Source, Reuters, our comment)


Rise of pig prices

Increased Russian demand is said to be the main contributor to the recent rise of slaughter pig prices. However, healthy Brazilian demand is another important factor.
(Source, various)


XIII pig management meeting

30 companies, related to the Guild of Business, will be presenting at the pig management meeting, at least 500 attendees are expected. Invited countries are USA and Canada.
(Source: Eurocarne)


Jinluo’s big, big plant

The major pork processor opened its new plant on 11 August. This can slaughter 30,000 pigs per day meaning a potential production of 850,000 tonnes! This is nearly as much as the whole of the UK. The plant also processes cooked product. It has of course a massive water treatment facility.
(Source, CNAgri)

New Hope expansion plans

New Hope, founded in 1996, operates 36 pork and poultry factories in 16 countries, including Cambodia, Egypt, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland and South Africa. It plans to invest £50m in new facilities mainly in South East Asia over the next five years. New Hope this week also signed an agreement with Wenshui County (Shanxi province) for the development of a pork processing unit.
(Source, SCMP, CNAgri)

Tiankang goes for Canadian pigs

Xinjiang Tiankang has taken reception of 800 Canadian breeding pigs.
(Source, CNAgri)


Old frozen pork

The discovery of large stocks of frozen pork with long expired shelf-life is still exercising the authorities who are now proposing a minimum shelf life for imports.
(Source, various)


Details of the EU Free Trade Agreement

The volume of ractopamine-free pork (bone-in and boneless) to be imported under Trade Reduced Quota (TRQ) will grow to 75,000 tonnes over a six-year period. The current TRQ of 5,549 tonnes will become tariff-free. The boneless conversion rate is set at 120% of bone-in weight.
(Source, European Commission)

Effect of the Russian ban

The Canadian pork sector is losing sales of C$500m (£277m) due to the Russian ban. The main affected company appears to be Olymel from Quebec.
(Source, various)


Higher wholesale pork price

According to data provided by the State Statistical Service, the average price quoted by agricultural enterprises in Ukraine in July for pigs in liveweight terms was UAH16,832.4 per tonne (US$1,272 per tonne) which is a significant increase compared with the June price of UAH 16,441.9 per tonne.

Increased pork production

According to the State Statistical Service, during the January to July 2014 period, Ukrainian farmers produced 322,000 tonnes of pork, 8% more than in the same period of 2013.


Disease control

Rosselkhoznadzor is concerned that food-and-mouth disease may spread to Russia from China. According to the Rosselkhoznadzor, disinfectant barriers at border-crossing points in Primorskiy Krai on the Russian-Chinese border do not meet the required standards. At the beginning of the summer, the population of pigs in Primorsky Krai suffered losses due to foot and mouth disease spread, according to assumption of Rosselkhoznadzor, from China. Rosselkhoznadzor advises the Russian government to pass laws describing the necessary equipment and the order of passing the disinfectant barriers on the Russian borders.

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