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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin


05 October 2015

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 5 October 2015AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 5 October 2015


British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

Some 13 people including representatives of four main UK pork processors attended a commercial mission to Central African countries: Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, that concluded today. The region is a large importer of pork, albeit of low value. A full report will be made available next week.
The Anuga trade show starts next Saturday 10 October. AHDB Pork and AHDB Beef & Lamb are the organisers of the British Meat Pavilion, Hall 6 C-D 40-41. We look forward to welcoming you to the pavilion. We must reiterate there is no space left for the British Meat Dinner on 12 October.

France

Cooperl’s plan
Following the absence of a quotation at MPB last Thursday, Cooperl decided to pay its producers on their own payment grid that takes into account the current reality of the market. Prices for this week should be €1.30 per kg. Cooperl believes that the €1.40 per kg set by the French government is probably a good thing for producers as a short-term measure. However, it only passes the issue on to the processing industry which cannot absorb that price fluctuation when competing on European markets. 35% of the meat processed by Cooperl is exported. Nevertheless, Cooperl will collect and slaughter pigs of its producers in order to support them as much as possible. Cooperl would like the following measures to be taken by the

French Ministry of Agriculture:

  • Urgent EU support to compensate for the loss of the Russian market
  • Country of meat origin on processed products (prepared meals, etc)
  • Reduction of sectoral salary charges to compete with German practices
  • Compensation of French farmers with advantageous flat rate VAT as offered to German producers
  • Reduce the French over-legislation regarding “assured” farms (“installations classées”)

French only
Following the dismantling of the MPB where no price was given last week, Mr Rouche, General Manager of Sniv-SNCP confirmed that we now have a crisis and the only way of getting out of it is to push consumers to buy French pork.

French exports
According to Agreste, exports of French pig meat were stable over the first semester but have decreased by 9% since July. Exports to Italy decreased sharply in July, down 2,700 tonnes, they were offset by exports to China which increased by 3,000 tonnes. Finally, pork consumption decreased by 1.5% in July, however it has increased by 3.1% in the year to date.

Markets
Pork: The new 56 TMP base price decreased by €c1,7 at the beginning of the week. This is due to a lack of competitiveness with other countries. Offers are sufficient to meet current demand in spite of a lower production compared with a year ago.
Piglets: No evolution on the French piglet market at the beginning of this week. Offers are stable or slightly decreasing. Demand remains prudent and selective and prices are mostly stable.
FNP-Coop de France prices decreased by €c2 for 25kg weaners and €c36 for post-weaning piglets.
Cuts: Consumption remains low and retailers are very cautious when placing their orders for restocking. On the Export side, sales are stable at best, due to a lack of competitiveness.

Germany

Markets
Following the recent large price decreases for slaughter pigs, the market has been more balanced this week. While the slaughter facilities still complain about low prices for pork cuts and reduced sales on the domestic market, several traders report increased sales to third-country markets, particularly China. In addition, the availability of slaughter pigs appears to have slightly decreased compared with last week and almost all offered numbers can be sold without hesitation. With a roughly balanced market, the recommended price remained unchanged at €1.42 per kg. (Source, AMI)

Denmark

Markets
On the European market, fresh hams traded at lower prices this week while the majority of other cuts traded at similar or only slightly lower prices. The British bacon market was reported as stable. For markets outside Europe, there is still a good market for China, although a slowdown in new orders has been reported. Japan and other third-country markets were, however, reported as stable.

Spain

Russia

Pork production growing
According to Ministry of Agriculture data, the volume of pig production for slaughter in liveweight terms grew. In the January to August 2015 period, production amounted to 1,974,000 tonnes, up 152,600 tonnes compared with the same period in 2014. As of 1 September, the average pork price was US$1.64 per kg. (Source, pigua.info)

Ukraine

Prices ease
Over the past week, pork prices on the Ukrainian market decreased due to large offers in the face of lower demand. The trade embargo with the Crimea that, historically, was a market for Ukrainian pork remained another factor contributing to downward pressure on prices. As of 28 September, the average pork price in Ukraine amounted to UAH29.50 per kg (US$1.37 per kg). Processors predict that prices will remain under pressure. (Source, pigua.info)

New pig breeding complex
According to the Deputy Head of the Kharkiv Oblast State Administration, by the end of the year a new pig breeding complex of total capacity 24,000 pigs in the Oblast will be launched. (Source, pigua.info)

Belarus

Latvian import ban
The Department of Veterinary and Food Surveillance of Belarus banned the import of pigs, pork, other raw materials of pig origin, equipment for slaughter and pig breeding from P?rgauja Municipality of Latvia to Belarus due to outbreaks of the ASF in the region. (Source: Agronews.by)

China

Mid-Autumn festival
On 24 September, to ensure adequate pork supplies for the Mid-Autumn Festival and National day, authorities released 102,000 tonnes of frozen pork on to the market, that was traded through a competitive system. (Source, cnagri.com)

Historically low sow numbers
The chairman secretary of the Tangrenshen Group (???) has recently reported that, following more than two years of destocking, at the end of August the Chinese pig herd had reached a new low with sow numbers at around 38.6 million head. He predicted that the pig market for the remainder of 2015 and 2016 would remain buoyant. (Source, cnagri.com)

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