SPP falls sharply and little change in clean pig slaughter
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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Pork Weekly

Latest pig prices and news

22 October 2021


In this week's edition

Events | SPP falls sharply | Slaughter data | New export podcast | Pulled pork campaign | Preparing for the removal of zinc oxide | Halloween and Bonfire night set to boost sales | Talking Leaders with Chemmy Alcott | More market news | The pork toolbox
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Upcoming events

27 October: College and university lecturers workshops
3 November: Making the most of your muck
8 November – 6 December: Getting to grips with new welfare training
18 November: Supply chain conference – adding environmental value to your brand
25 November:
The consumer landscape

If you use PigPro to keep a record of your training and development, don’t forget to record your attendance at pigpro.ahdb.org.uk.
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SPP falls sharply again

The EU-spec SPP for the week ended 16 October dropped back to 146.35p/kg. This was 4.66p less than a week earlier and about 6p lower than the five-year average for the time of year. Live pig supplies continue to outstrip available processing capacity.

As was the case two weeks ago, low prices paid for batches of pigs destined for markets requiring minimal butchery have likely weighed on the overall average. Low EU prices also remain a key part of the current price decline.

Estimated throughput for the week totalled 178,600 head. This was an improvement on the previous week, although still about 3% lower than a year earlier. The average carcase weight was up by 800 g from the previous week to 91.45 kg. This was 4.83 kg higher than last year.
GB finished pig prices graph

Little change in clean pig slaughter in September

UK clean pig slaughter in September was similar to last year. According to Defra figures, the total number slaughtered was 916,700 head, almost 1% higher than in September 2020.

Even though slaughter levels have not been particularly low, the industry continues to see difficulties with the number of pigs waiting on farms. Increased pig numbers were recorded in the latest census.

A lack of butchery capacity is limiting the ability to clear additional pig numbers, especially given the weaker Chinese market, which has previously been a lucrative outlet for minimally processed products.
Average weekly slaughter graph

New podcast focuses on our work opening export markets

In this episode of our Food and Farming podcast, we hear from Dr Phil Hadley and David Swales about why opening export markets is a crucial strand of our work and why levy payers should be concerned when news breaks, as it has recently, about China banning British beef.

Listen to the podcast.
Export event

Perfect pulled pork butcher's kits

If you're a butcher or have a farm shop, why not get behind our midweek meals campaign and order one of our butcher's kits? Each kit contains 75 recipe cards and a poster to display in your shop.

Inspire your customers and order your kit today: butcherskit@ahdb.org.uk. For tasty recipes and inspiration, visit our website.
Pulled pork campaign - butcher kits advert

Perfect pulled pork spotted in store

The perfect pulled pork campaign forms part of our ongoing strategy to rejuvenate the image of pork with consumers by demonstrating pork's versatility, taste and ease.

The campaign is running both online and in-store, where we have stickers and banners to remind people to put pork in their trolley.

Keep an eye out next time you do your shopping and share some of our promotional content on Facebook and Instagram.
Pulled pork campaign banner in store

Preparing for the removal of zinc oxide from pig diets

The use of zinc oxide as a medicinal feed additive will be banned from June 2022. On our website we have practical solutions to manage without it.

There is no single solution to mitigate the impact of removing zinc oxide. However, if you can optimise gut health, maintain good biosecurity and manage colostrum, it is possible to manage the removal of zinc effectively.  
Weaner pigs at a feeder

Halloween and Bonfire night set to bring a boost for red meat

Brits love an excuse to party, and after an unprecedented 18 months, now more than ever, most of us are relishing the idea of getting together with family and friends.

With Halloween and Bonfire night celebrations starting next week, both events have the potential to ignite a spark in sales of red meat and dairy – helping our pork, beef and milk volumes rocket. 

If we look at pre-COVID behaviour data, both celebrations see seasonal boosts – with Halloween and Bonfire night having the third and fourth highest seasonal uplifts in grocery.

Talking Leaders: staying at the top of your mountain

Chemmy Alcott (pictured) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and a fiercely determined sportswoman.

Having broken 49 bones, Chemmy is no stranger to adversity and remains committed to inspiring the next generation and educating people from all over the world through sport.

Catch up with our latest Talking Leaders broadcast to find out what it took for Chemmy to become so successful and how you can apply some of her tips to stay at the top of your game.
Headshot of Chemmy Alcott

More market news

Despite a widening price differential between farmgate pig prices in the UK and EU, UK pig meat imports remained relatively low during August. Meanwhile, fresh and frozen pork export volumes were over a quarter lower than a year earlier but 5% higher than July 2021. In contrast to the overall trend, UK offal exports were higher than a year earlier.

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns saw UK citizens improve their food management behaviours, which reduced household food waste. However, since restrictions have been removed, household food waste has increased and is now back to 2018 levels.

Butchers enjoyed a strong 2020. However, pre-pandemic shopping habits have returned with the latest Kantar data showing the amount of meat and poultry sold at butchers in the 12 weeks ending 5 September 2021 falling 21.1% year-on-year. This compares to an average decline of 4.1% across all retailers.

Find the latest EU pig prices here.

Speakers at the supply chain conference

AHDB Food & Farming Podcast

Have you subscribed to our Food & Farming podcast? We release new episodes every week, which are perfect for listening to on the go or in your tractor cab.
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Advice for farmers and growers regarding coronavirus

Our coronavirus hub contains lots of advice and resources regarding the current situation, including:
For more guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Government website. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact your regional knowledge exchange representative.

South/Midlands: Patrick Loten  East: Andrew Palmer