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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

13 February 2015

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

Export statistics for 2014 have been unveiled. They show of steady rise of 5% for pork exports for the year, to 189,500 tonnes. Value is down 2% to £214m reflecting the lower pork prices. Red offal exports at 38,400 tonnes are down 8% despite a large rise of exports to Greater China, which now represents 60% of the total. However, one should not jump to the conclusion that UK red offal is falling, given the low reliability of the data.


Fresh hams traded at similar or slightly higher prices on European markets this week, while prices for other cuts remained stable. The British bacon market remained unchanged with a stable sales situation. On markets outside Europe, trade continues to be reported as quiet for both Japan and China. (Source,


German pig price continues to increase

Despite prices in Germany increasing over the past two weeks, demand is still comparably high and available pig numbers are barely sufficient to meet this demand. Indications are that the availability of pigs remains low and will not increase significantly within the coming weeks. Therefore, prices continue to increase. The recommended price was set at €1.40 per kg, an increase of €c5 per kg. Despite the meat market being reported as difficult, prices are reported to be slightly higher for most cuts. Over the next weeks, additional increases seem reasonable. (Source, AMI)



Unhappy pig producers gathered in Plérin on 5 February to express their concern about the price of pig meat. Today, a producer with 200 sows is losing €11,500 per month. Producers request private storage and measures to release the pressure on their cash flow. On Saturday (7 February) 20 producers visited a hypermarket near Rennes where they released 8 piglets into the aisles. They placed stickers “produce without origin” and “ for French pig meat” on some retail packs. They claimed that 90% of produce on the shelf was not French. More demonstrations took place in Brest and Quimper where young farmers placed stickers “Meat from nowhere” or “Meat from unknown origin” on retail packs. Demonstrators demand the country of origin on pig meat products and that label EU origin is not sufficient. Demonstrations could last a few weeks.

Foot & mouth next door

The FAO is helping countries in the Balkan Peninsula to prepare in case of a development of foot & mouth in the region. Simulations have been organised in Serbia and Bulgaria and Macedonia, which are very close to French borders.

Quality pork for Charal

Charal wish to push quality marked pork, including the Label Rouge pork from Sarthe département. Charal will probably use the Agriculture show in Paris to develop a supply target of 550 labelled pigs per week.

Listeria in Andouilles

Andouilles, andouillettes, tongues and tripes produced by “Andouillerie du Château” have been removed from shops in 5 départements in Brittany, as they may have been infected by listeria


Piglets: The French market for piglets is stable or slightly higher depending on the region.
FNP-Coop of France indices were stable for 25kg and lost €13 for 8kg piglets.

Cuts: At the beginning of the month, combined with some promotions to support the market both retailers and restaurants are prudent due to winter school holidays. Offers are good and the export market remains calm and competitive. Prices are under pressure.


Export ban lifted

According to the information provided by the Ministry of Agriculture of Belarus, on 6 February Russia lifted the ban on the export of products from seven Belarussian meat-processing plants. The ban remains in place for two companies – the Bobruysk and Minsk meat-processing plants. (Source,


Lower imports

According to the information provided by the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, during the period from 1 to 26 January, Russian meat imports declined fivefold compared with the corresponding period a year ago. Specifically, pork imports were 11 times lower on the year. (Source,

New ASF cases are registered in Orlovskaya and Kaluzhskaya oblasts

Rosselkhoznadzor registered new cases of the ASF in Orlovskaya nad Kaluzhskaya oblasts. Laboratory tests found the ASF genome on corpses of domestic pigs in Pilatovka and Orel (Orlovskaya oblast) and a wild boar corpse in Kaluzhskaya oblast. In its press release, Rosselkhoznadzor said that its officers are working in the areas where ASF was registered and are taking measures to prevent further spread of the disease. (Source,

Pork prices higher than one year ago

The average prices for half-carcases at the beginning of February were higher than in the same period a year ago. In the Central region, average prices were the lowest in Russia at RUB163.7 per kg ($2.48 per kg) while at the beginning of February 2014 it was RUB112 per kg. In the Ural region, the price at the beginning of February was RUB181.7 per kg ($2.75). (Source,


Pig population decreased

At the end of December 2014, the pig population in Kazakhstan totalled 840,800 pigs – 86,600 less than at the end of November and 81,400 less than at the end of December 2013. (Source,


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