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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

28 June 2016

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

The referendum which has resulted in a vote to leave the EU may, in some cases, have implications in the way we trade meat not only within the European Union but also with Third Countries as most, if not all, Export Health Certificates and trade agreements have an EU dimension. The extent to which this may be the case will only become apparent as the details of the negotiations become clear over the next 2 years. We will review developments over the coming weeks and months and ensure that meat exporters are kept totally aware of all measures that will affect their business following this significant event.

UK exports of fresh and frozen pork grew significantly in April, to 17,200 tonnes, increasing by 18% on the same period last year. Exports to China doubled in April and there were strong increases to the Philippines and the USA. Export value rose by over 29%, to £19.3m. The growth of offal exports is spectacular. They are up 239% year-on-year in value, to £5m and the total to date represents £19m (+108%). The UK exported a record 28,000 tonnes of pig offal between January and April.

Meanwhile, EU exports of pork products (pork, offal and processed products) reached €660m in April. In particular, EU fresh and frozen pork exports rose by 63% year-on-year in value.


Support for pig farmers
Federal Agriculture minister, Joke Schauvliege, has pledged to support pig producer organisations. This will include a development programme for producers and the pork supply chain in the Limburg province. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Cárnicas Serrano investment
Cárnicas Serrano is commencing a process to expand its facilities. Once completed, it will cover an area of 8,000sqm. The Valencian company will invest €4m and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. They are a family-run company established more than 55 years ago, producing among other items, Serrano Ham, Salchichón and Chorizo. (Source: Eurocarne)

Increase of pork consumption
A slight increase in the consumption of fresh pork meat, up by 0.9% was recorded in 2015 in Spain compared with 2014. However, the consumption of processed products decreased by 2.1%. (Source: Eurocarne)

Equivalence for Portuguese Alentejo pigs at last
Portuguese pigs from the Alentejo breed are now considered as Iberian pigs by law for the production of dry-cured hams, shoulders and loins. They have a high reputation and will certainly be bought by Spanish processors as raw material for the said products. The Alentejo and Iberian breeds are highly similar and are also raised in similar climatic conditions, as Extremadura and Alentejo regions are neighbours. (Source, Eurocarne on line)


French pig production is decreasing, German production is stable while Spanish production is still increasing. Production costs in France are similar to its German, Spanish, Danish and Dutch neighbours. However, French producers suffer from lower prices paid by processors. From 2010 to 2014, the price paid to German and Spanish producers was €c5 to €c6 higher than the French. Between 2007 and 2014, the average cost decreased by 6% on Spanish pig farms and increased by 11% on French and Danish pig farms.

Old pig sheds
According to a survey completed by JRP, the average age of pig sheds in Brittany (out of a total of 232 units recorded) is 22 years, 65% of which are over 15 years and 40% over 25 years. The recent change in welfare rules for sows has encouraged producers to place in-pig sows in the newest buildings, 14.6 years, compared with finishing units at 16.9 years.

Pork: The 56 TMP base price increased by €c0.6 last Monday at Plérin. The market is still fluid and an average carcase weight of 93.7kg. Offers are more moderate and the demand is high due to strong export demand.
Piglets: Prices for piglets have increased or at least stayed firm. Last week, FNP-Coop de France indices increased by €c7 for 25kg weaners and €1.26 for € for 8kg piglets.
Cuts: There was a small lift in reported in-store sales with loins increasing by 1.8%, however, other cuts eased by 4%. From 28 December 2015 to 17 May 2016 the household consumption decreased by 5.7% compared with the same period a year earlier.


Sieber closes
The Metzgerei from Bavaria founded in 1825, has fallen victim of the outbreak of listeriosis experienced in 2012 and has been placed in receivership. (Source, AFZ)

Comparison of terminal sires
A technical and economic comparison by the Chamber of Agriculture of Nord-Rhein Westfallen shows that boar db.77 of BHZP scores the highest, ahead of PIC 408 with Topigs’ SNW PI Select in third place and German Genetics’ German PI in fourth. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

After the large price increase last week, the discrepancy between the slaughter pig market and the meat market increased. Meat sales have been weak despite some prices easing. Traders report that the higher pig price could only partially be transferred on to pork cuts. As a result, several slaughter facilities have started to reduce their activity. However, even with lower activity, the available numbers of slaughter pigs remain low and can be easily placed. Therefore, the producers once more increased the recommended price by €c3 per kg to €1.60 per kg. (Source, AMI)


Fresh hams traded at increasing price levels on European markets this week. Likewise, shoulders also traded at improving prices, while other cuts remained at unchanged price levels. The Bacon market to the UK remained stable. For markets further afield, steady sales were reported to China, with strong demand from Japan. Demand from other markets was reported as quiet.


Mercadona enters the Portuguese retail market
The Spanish giant is only tiptoeing this competitive market, with an investment of €25m for four stores by 2019. However, it looks very much like a cat among the pigeons… (Source, Distribucão Hoje)


Unlawful new law
The Romanian Parliament has passed a new law by 293 in favour and none against requesting domestic retailers to sell a minimum of 51% of the food to be of Romanian origin. The law also imposes the labelling of the origin of fresh and processed meats. The regulations has been passed to Romanian President Klaus Iohannis for ratification. It is very unlikely to be accepted as such by the European Commission. (Source, Food Navigator)


Chinese effect
Pork prices in the USA have started to edge up, pulled by Chinese demand. This is happening a few weeks after a similar effect with EU prices. (Source, own)


Strong chilled pork imports
Japanese chilled pork imports have risen markedly this year. For instance, imports from the USA are up 31% year-on-year in May. (Source, own)


Not banking on a production rebound
Speaking at the "World Pork Expo" in Des Moines, Iowa, Professor Dermot Hayes said he foresees great opportunities for a strong increase in exports of US pork to China in the long term.
According to Hayes, the long-term opportunities for pork exports to China are huge. He says the new regulations in China, aiming to move livestock away from densely populated areas in the eastern part of the country to more remote areas in the west, make it a very difficult task in terms of infrastructure and adjustments will ultimately mean a drop in Chinese pork production. (Source, Pig International)

Pig prices heading south
With the ending of the Dragon Boat Festival and the coming of hot weather in the South, pork consumption enters a slack domestic season and the price of live pigs is back 4.8% on the week to RMB20.25 per kg. The domestic pig inventory rose by 0.4% at the end of May but the number of breeding sows is down 0.35%. (Source, CNAgri)

New project
Mingshui County and Zhejiang Provincial Agricultural Development in Heilongjiang have signed an agreement on building a breeding pyramid with a potential output of 300,000 heads and feed mill with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes, for a project worth £80m in total. (Source, CNAgri)


High corn prices penalise pig producers
Currently, due to high corn prices, Brazilian variable pig production costs stand at €0.88 per kg for a carcase pig price of €1.13 per kg. This means that producers are currently losing money. Brazil has had to import cheap corn from Paraguay and Argentina to cover the harvest shortfall. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


New legislation
New legislation will come into force on 8 August on technical regulation for meat production. The National Institute of Drug Surveillance and Food will start, gradually, closing 233 slaughterhouses that do not comply with the new legislation. (Source: Eurocarne)


Prices down
Prices for live pigs and pork in Russia decreased in all regions, with the exception of the North-western Federal Region. The average weekly price for live pigs eased by 1.9% and the pork price fell by 0.7%. As for imported pork, pork offal prices decreased by 0.2%, pork fat eased by 0.6% and, in contrast, half-carcase average prices increased by 0.6%. (Source,

New ASF outbreaks
According to local veterinary authorities, an ASF outbreak among domestic pigs was registered in Balashovskiy region of Saratov oblast on 16 June. As a result, the entire population of pigs on the farm were slaughtered. A further outbreak was registered in domestic pigs in the Nizhniy Novgorod oblast. Currently, Rosselkhoznadzor are taking measures to prevent any further spread of the disease. (Source, and


Import restrictions
Rosselkhoznadzor has introduced a temporary ban on the import of meat from five Belarussian enterprises (Servoluks Agro, Druzhba, Svitanok, Oleksandriivske and Berezovskiy), due to violation of veterinary and sanitary requirements. Listeria and salmonella were found in the products of the Belarus enterprises. (Source,

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