Expertise join forces to harvest green fuel from slurry
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Pork Weekly

Latest pig prices and news

5 November 2021

 

In this week's edition

Events | SPP falls | EU prices declining | Green fuel from slurry | Significant diseases charter Q&A | Bird flu | November Pork Talk | Vacancies | Red meat exports | More market news | The pork toolbox
 
Pig prices table
 

Upcoming events

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 retail and consumer landscape
9 December: Fit-for-purpose water for pigs (South Yorkshire pig club)

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.
 

SPP falls in the week ending 30 October

The EU-spec SPP fell in the week ending 30 October to 144.67p/kg. This was 3.55p lower than a week earlier.

Supplies of live pigs continue to exceed available processing capacity, and the backlog of pigs on farm remains. The low prices paid for some batches of pigs destined for markets requiring minimal butchery have likely weighed on the overall average. The continued low prices in the EU also play an important role in driving price declines.

Find the latest slaughter figures and carcase data here.
GB pig price graph
 

EU pig prices still declining

As has been the case since June, the EU average pig reference price continued to fall into October. In the latest week ended 24 October, prices stood at €129.44/100kg, the lowest figure since February and over 20% lower than the peak in June. The current prices are particularly weak, standing 16% lower than the five-year average for the time of year.

The latest census results from the summer did not indicate that a significant tightening in EU pig numbers was imminent, and market reports continue to suggest that the number of pigs available exceeds buying interest.

The previously strong Chinese export market has cooled, leaving more pork to be traded domestically. Without some stimulus from the export market, it is difficult to see the situation changing significantly in the short to medium term.
EU average pig price graph
Danish prices have been relatively stable compared to the other Member States. However, prices fell more sharply earlier in the season. Prices in Spain have continued to fall more than the overall EU average, dropping by 10% in the latest 4-week period. Spain is a key exporter to non-EU destinations, and this highlights the impact of the weakening Chinese market.
 
The UK has not seen prices fall at the same rate as the rest of the EU, and so the gap between UK and EU average pig prices has widened significantly. The latest difference for the week ended 24 October was nearly €48/100kg, more than double the typical level.
 

Expertise join forces to harvest green fuel from slurry

A new project aiming to reduce the environmental impact of ammonia emissions from livestock has been awarded £600K funding from Defra/UKRI. PigProGrAm will bring together farming and engineering expertise to demonstrate a novel farm-focused solution for harvesting green ammonia from pig waste.

Jen Waters, Head of Knowledge Exchange for Pork at AHDB, said: “Investigating the potential to harvest green fuel from livestock slurry is one of several projects AHDB is working on to help mitigate ammonia emissions from pig farming. It is a major opportunity for all classes of livestock production, not just pigs but dairy, beef and poultry as well.”

Find out more about this exciting project.
 

Significant Diseases Charter Q&A

One of the new requirements in the revised Red Tractor standards is that all units must be a member of the AHDB Significant Diseases Charter or Scottish Pig Health Charter and report in line with the terms and conditions.

If you're not already a member and aren't sure what this means, or even if you are but still have questions, our new Q&A for producers and vets will answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Red Tractor certified standards logo
 

Bird flu could affect pig movements

Migratory birds are here and the first cases of avian influenza of the season have been reported. Avian influenza (bird flu) is a notifiable animal disease.

Any pig units within a restriction zone that keep poultry may need an additional license to move animals.

We receive outbreak alerts from the APHA and record the restriction zones on eAML2. If you plan to move into or out of a restriction zone, you will be notified when you enter your details.

You can find more information on the APHA website, where you can also sign up for alerts.
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November market update 

Challenges continue for the pork market following another difficult month, with live pig numbers still outstripping processing capacity.

Hear about the latest situation in our November Pork Talk update video from Senior Analyst (red meat), Bethan Wilkins.

For more market news and prices, visit our website.
Bethan Wilkins
 

Join our team at AHDB

Do you have a flair for data and a passion for animal health and welfare? Are you looking for a new challenge? If so, why not apply for our animal health and welfare officer vacancy and join our friendly team here at AHDB?

We are also recruiting for a field-based knowledge exchange relationship manager in the North of England. If you have strong account management skills and would like to work with English pig farmers and other key stakeholders we would love to hear from you.
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In our Communications team, we are looking for two marketing communications executives to join our cereals and pork teams. The roles could suit someone with a background in journalism or digital marketing who wants to broaden their communications skills or someone with an agricultural background who possesses strong communication and digital skills.
 

Red meat exports to the USA top £19m

During the first eight months of the year, the UK exported over 4,600 t of pig meat to the USA – up nearly 10% on last year and worth £14m to the pork sector.

Senior Export Manager for the Americas, Susana Morris, said: "Pork prices in the USA are high compared with a year ago due to tight supplies and a lack of market-ready pigs. Tighter production schedules and strong demand has led to lower stocks in cold storage.

“This, combined with the suspension of the 25% tariff earlier this year, has given our exporters a fantastic boost, and we look forward to seeing these figures increase.”

Find out more about this market and our recent activity in the USA.
 

More market news

Weaner prices have been weak for much of this year across the EU. Prices have fallen since the summer and have been below €30/head since mid-October.

The latest Food Price Index for October indicates an increase in the international price index, up 3% on the previous month. However, the FAO’s Meat Price Index in October was down by nearly 1%.

Brazilian pig meat exports during the first three quarters of 2021 were 15% higher than in the same period of 2020, totalling 962,000 t. With opportunities for expansion on the Chinese market fading in Q3, several other markets have been important for the ongoing growth in Brazilian export volumes.


Download the latest EU pig prices.

 
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AHDB Food & Farming Podcast

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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