Cull and render service to be funded by AHDB pork levy
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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Pork Weekly

Latest pig prices and news

29 October 2021


In this week's edition

Events | Cull and render service | Spring vote | SPP rises | New AgriLeader podcast | Success at Anuga | Pulled pork trending on Twitter | Lean management tools | Feed grain prices | Timely reminder | More market news | The pork toolbox
Pig prices table

Upcoming events

3 November: Making the most of your muck
8 November – 6 December: Getting to grips with new welfare training
18 November: Workforce planning: right people, right skills
18 November: Supply chain conference – adding environmental value to your brand
25 November:
The consumer landscape

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Cull and render service to be funded by AHDB pork levy

AHDB's Pork Board has agreed to fund a dedicated off-farm cull and render service as a backstop for producers who are struggling with a backlog of pigs on-farm. We are in the process of setting up the plant which will have the capacity for 2,000–3,000 mature pigs per week.

This latest announcement forms part of a package of measures we are helping to deliver alongside the Government and industry to address the challenges facing the pork sector, which includes a shortage of skilled butchers in abattoirs.

CEO highlights progress towards AHDB's spring vote

In response to a letter published in Farmer’s Weekly (22 October), AHDB CEO, Tim Rycroft (pictured), highlighted the positive work taking place in preparation for the votes next year.

In recent months, AHDB has changed many things. A 30% reduction in senior roles and the recruitment of five new main board members – including four levy payers and experts in agricultural law and environmental sustainability – are two of the more dramatic changes.
AHDB CEO Tim Rycroft
Also, we have announced that levy payers will now have the dominant voice, through a vote in the spring, in deciding what products, tools and services they get from us for their levy. 

Read more and find out how to get in touch about AHDB's plans.

SPP rises by 1.87p 

Following a sharp decline, the EU-spec SPP rose by 1.87p to average 148.22p/kg in the week ending 23 October. Estimated clean pig slaughter totalled 170,200 head, 5% lower than the week before and 8% lower than the same week a year ago.

Reports indicate that throughput was supported by some extra batches of low-priced pigs, intended for markets where only minimal butchery is required.
GB finished pig prices graph

New podcast: You don't need a title to be a leader

“Leadership and management are for all – you don’t need a title to be a leader”, says Izak Van Heerden, Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager.

Earlier this year, we conducted a review of leadership and management in the UK farming sector, looking at best practice, traits, qualities, uptake, barriers and future needs.

This review highlighted a shocking statistic that only 0.37% of farmers and their employees engage each year in any formal leadership and management training.
AgriLeader team
Listen to this episode of AHDB's Food & Farming podcast to hear from our AgriLeader team (pictured), who talk through some of the key findings from the review and explain how it will influence our activity over the coming months.

Successful return to Anuga for red meat exporters

Our stand at this year’s Anuga generated a lot of interest from red meat buyers – marking a successful return to the world’s largest trade fair for food and drink.

While the overall number of attendees was down, our stand remained busy throughout the five-day show in Cologne, with a high level of buyer activity. Our export team was joined by seven red meat exporters, who had the chance to reconnect with customers and build relationships in new and emerging markets.
AHDB stand at Anuga trade fair in October 2021

Pulled pork trending on Twitter

As part of our latest Mix Up Midweek campaign, which champions pulled pork, we pulled in a social media influencer network to highlight to consumers the ease, value and versatility of cooking pork shoulder to make delicious pulled pork dishes.
The partnership generated so much Twitter chat this week that #PerfectPulledPork was trending on Twitter.
BritMums perfect pulled pork tweet
During the campaign, consumers will see a host of social media influencers sharing delicious recipes and tips across their blogs and social feeds to their army of followers, including some great ideas for Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Keep an eye out next time you do your shopping and share some of our promotional content on Facebook and Instagram.

Using Lean management to create value and reduce waste

Lean management is a method to make businesses more efficient. As part of our Monitor Farm Programme, seven pig farmers are implementing Lean practices to see where they can make improvements and cost savings. 

In a recent webinar, pig farmer David Childerhouse discussed some of the changes he's been making as part of the programme, alongside Lean consultant Neil Fedden. You can catch up with the recording here.

On our website you can also find resources and tools to identify problem areas on your farm and steps you can take to become more efficient, for example, how to use Kanban boards to improve business efficiency.

What’s happening to feed grain prices?

Tight global wheat supply and demand continues to strengthen UK ex-farm feed wheat prices. In October, we saw a further tightening of wheat stocks of major global wheat exporters.

The USDA’s latest world agricultural supply and demand estimates saw crop estimate reductions for the USA, Canada, and the Middle East. 
Wheat growing in a field
Rapeseed and rapemeal prices continue to strengthen in October. However, we have seen prices ease back for soyabeans. The US harvest is underway, and yields are better-than-expected. South American crops too are forecasted to be large.

Read more about the latest feed market developments in our October report.

Timely reminder to check for returns

At the beginning of September, we experienced a mini heatwave, which could have affected semen doses used at the time. This, combined with the additional stress sows would have been experiencing, means that you might still notice the negative impact on performance for another week or two. Remember to be extra vigilant when checking for returns.
Boar at fenceline
It's useful to make a note of things such as weather events on your calendar. Our 2022 wall planner will be available soon – keep a look out so you can order your copy.
eMB reminder graphic

More market news

The announcement of an agreement in principle for a future trade deal with New Zealand has heightened concern that British farmers will be undercut by cheap food imports. In our Horizon blog we explore how New Zealand’s agricultural production and trade stacks up and discuss the implications for our UK farming sectors.

Electricity price increases: what’s happening and why?

We’re likely to see changes to the amount of each grain fed to animals in 2021/22. This is due to price changes for those grains compared to last season.

Find the latest EU pig prices here.

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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