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Market analysts say imports and interventions in cold storage are the only steps retailers need to avoid supply shortages for pork, as they have for eggs.

British breeding pigs are down 18% this year, with October slaughter numbers at his lowest since 2017 (926,000), creating problems for the supply of Christmas ham and blanket pigs. It means that there is a possibility of a shortage.

This is according to Dominic Charman, a pig consultant and data analyst at CharmanAg, who said a data set covering about half of the UK’s pig population showed a significant decline of 381,000 weaners in the year to the end of August.

Importing pork from Europe looked challenging, he said, because all major producing nations had been walloped by unsustainable prices, backlogs and cost increases.

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Brazil approved by Mexico

Eight plants in Brazil’s state of Santa Catarina, Brazil’s state that’s free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and does not vaccinate for FMD, will be eligible to export pork to Mexico. The pigs must be born, raised and slaughtered in the state’s designated plants, and the pork will be further processed upon arrival in Mexico.

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Serbia’s number of finishers dropped to 2.5 million. As a result, the Serbian Livestock Association estimates that the country can no longer meet the demand for pork.

Over the past 30 years, the number of national finishers has nearly halved. Imports are expected to exceed 10% of market sales this year. Nearly 30% of Serbia’s pig farms have disappeared in recent years. This has led Serbian meat processing plants to gradually replace Serbian pork with frozen imported meat. Serbia’s pig production has been shrinking for he 2-3 years.

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Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) reported net profit of $141,182 for the third quarter of 2022, up 195% year-on-year, mainly due to increased meat operations in Thailand and capital gains participation.

The improved operating performance was driven by increased sales in many countries due to increased domestic consumption and export earnings following the easing and reopening of COVID-19 measures. Meanwhile, in Thailand since late 2021, a severe shortage of pork caused by the outbreak has led to year-on-year increases in pork prices. Also, the price of chicken has increased as consumers have switched to chicken. Meanwhile, pork prices in China have been rising since the beginning of the year due to reduced supply, leading to a sharp increase in capital gains participation compared to last year’s third quarter levels. The amount is expected to remain at a high level next year.

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The ongoing African Swine Fever (ASF) challenges, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the extension of tariff reductions on pork imports, and the lifting of the ban on processed animal pork protein imports from Italy is putting further pressure on the domestic production.

The effects of ASF, has hit many pork producers and forced many to shut down, driving up prices and creating shortage. Currently, 62 out of 81 provinces in the Philippines are infected with ASF. ASF is a fatal swine disease that poses no danger to humans or food safety, but is devastating and almost always fatal to pigs.

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