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September Pig Market Trends out now

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The September edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday.

The September edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday.  As well as the usual summary of developments in the UK and EU pig markets and the global feed market over the last month, this month’s issue includes more detailed articles on:

  • UK pig herd numbers. English and Northern Irish pig numbers for June 2014 have now been published. The two regions account for over 90% of the total UK pig herd. This article looks at the figures and what they could mean for the industry going forward.
  • Costs of production. Latest AHDB/BPEX estimates for the cost of pig production show that, on average, producers have now been making positive margins for over 12 months. The model also allows us to break costs down between breeding and feeding stages. Based on 7kg weaner prices, new analysis, reported in this article, suggests that margins have generally been better for breeding than finishing in recent years.
  • EU pig census. Figures from the May/June agricultural surveys carried out in the major EU Member States show an increase in the pig herd and, for the first time in nearly a decade, there was also an increase in the breeding herd. So, do the latest figures mark the end of the long-term decline of the EU breeding herd? You can find the answer to this question and read more about the figures and what could mean for the EU pig market in this article.
  • Global pork trade. The global pork trade has been through a turbulent period lately. Disease issues, restrictions relating to the use of feed additives and international geopolitics have all caused disruptions. Nevertheless, despite relatively tight supplies and significantly higher prices, the amount of pork traded was up during the first half of 2014. In this article you can read about recent developments and prospects for the coming months.

Pig Market Trends is available free of charge. Subscriptions are available by e-mailing Recent editions can be downloaded from the BPEX website by clicking here.