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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

16 October 2015

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 16 October 2015AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 16 October 2015

British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

British pork was back in force at the Anuga meat fair that closed on Wednesday. Anuga Meat is, by any yardstick, the largest of its kind in the world with 850 exhibitors on 5.4 ha of gross exhibition space. The striking 240sqm British meat pavilion was supported by eight pork exporters who all reported bright business. A 20-strong delegation of the Chinese Meat Association enjoyed lunch on the pavilion on Monday, alongside AHDB Pork representatives and exporters. Minister Georges Eustice also visited the pavilion making a total of 1,500 visitors on Monday alone and 422 meals served for lunch. The traditional British Meat Dinner was attended by about 300 guests with representation from China, and South Africa among others.
The focus of trade discussions at Anuga was not China where developments are reported positively but the weakness of the European market, particularly loins which look to have fallen out of favour with European consumers despite their competitive prices. Operators report a probable increase of 4 to 5% of production this year. There are little prospects of higher prices as long as the glut of loins persists.


Russian ban to be lifted?
The French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, met Alexander Tkatchev in Moscow last Friday. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Le Foll mentioned a possible lifting of the Russian ban on European pig meat imports which have been in place since early 2014. It would be a partial lift, probably on a regional basis and not all European countries would be involved. The EU officially complained to WTO about the ban imposed in February 2014 on sanitary grounds (African swine fever cases found with wild boars in Lithuania and Poland).

Ker Anna farm
A year ago, five producers in Brittany joined together to create the Ker Anna pig farm with 1,000 sows producing 23,000 piglets per year. The authorisation they obtained from the local prefecture is now being contested by local environmental association, Eaux & Rivières de Bretagne. They claim that 93% of the ammoniac produced by the farm remains in the air. The industrial maternity based in Trébivan (Côtes d’Armor) has no industrial system in place to treat effluent which is spread over 480 hectares owned by farming neighbours.

Pork: There is still no rating in Plérin, buyers continue to negotiate to find an agreement, in order to re-enter the Breton pig market. The price is stable at €1.301 per kg. It is not currently known when the market will resume. According to Plérin, “activity in September was down by 1.8% following a good month in August, up by 2,99% with no bank Holiday on 15 August”.
Piglets: Tensions on the pork butchers market are mirrored on the piglet market. As no changes have occurred in the industry, exchanges on the piglet market are limited, in a sluggish business environment. The removal of delays is still problematic and prices are not evolving. NPF-coop France indices fell again last week, although the decline was less marked than the week before. They lost €c1 for the 25kg category and €c3 for post-weaning piglets.
Cuts: There is currently a lot of uncertainty among meat operators, as the barometer of the Breton pig market appears to have stopped at the moment. As far as trade is concerned, the market is boosted by some operations. However, this is not enough with regard to the current supplies, the atmosphere remains gloomy.


Difficult situation for processors
Despite the optimism generated by the merger of Westvlees and Covavee (much evident at Anuga), creating a major European player, Belgian pork processors, particularly boning halls are suffering from low or negative profitability in an oversupplied market. Three plants have closed over the last twelve months. Dutch processors are in a similar position. (Source, own)


New pig pricing for Vion
The company is working on a new, more stable pricing structure for its larger suppliers, away from the weekly round of price discussions and instability of supplies. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Westfleisch export pork to 40 countries
The major German pork processors still export the bulk of its pork to the EU: 32% Benelux, 12% Scandinavia, 11% UK & Eire, 7% Romania, 6% Poland, 5% Italy & Malta, 5% France, 4% Hungary, 3% Czech Rep. & Slovenia. Some 15% of it is exported to Greater China. In practice, it has recovered from the Russian ban with exports up 8.7% in the second quarter. (Source, AFZ

Review of German competitiveness
The German meat sector is now the third largest meat exporter in the world after the USA and Brazil according to a new study by the Thünen Institute for the German Ministry of Agriculture. Pork is by far the strongest sector with a share of 10% of the world’s trade and Germany is the largest single exporter. (Source, AFZ)

Help for farmers on welfare
The KTBL technical institute has created a demonstration model that can evaluate the impact of pig welfare on performance and costs. See (Source, BMEL)


Control of antibiotics in livestock
California Governor Gerry Brown has signed an order to ban on the use of prophylactic antibiotics. This is the first U.S. State to do so. (Source, San Francisco Chronicle)


Pork prices are falling
Russian pork producers have no other option but to sell cheaper. This results from the abundance of imported boneless pork on the Russian market and falling incomes. The most significant drop was registered in the Central Federal District, where the prices for half-carcases fell by 14.9% on average during the last month. The price for live bacon pigs, meanwhile, fell by 18.6% to £ 0.93/kg on 14 October. (Source,

The French to build a pig breeding complex
The French/Russian Pig Company Otrada Gen purchased 5,500 hectares of land in Lipetskaya Oblast South of Moscow and is planning to build a pig-breeding complex with total capacity 70,000 pigs. Patrick Hoffmann, General Director of the company, hasn’t revealed total cost of the project so far. (Source, CRNews)


January-September pork exports and imports
According to the information provided by the State Statistic Service, during January-September 2015 Ukraine exported pork for total amount of £29m. Meanwhile, the volume of import during the period has now shrunk to £4.7m. It must be said that 97% of the Ukrainian pork was exported to the Russian Federation. As for import, was 29.15% of the total imported pork volume were brought from Germany, 21.2% from Brazil, and 18.77% from the Netherlands. (Source,



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