The changing seasonality of pig prices
The seasonality of GB pig prices has started to diverge away from the usual trend.
UK pig production is not particularly seasonal, even though there are slight changes to fertility and growth rates at certain times of the year. Nevertheless, seasonality in the pig market is an important factor to consider for both producers and processors when seeking to optimise their margins. Historically, finished pig prices have generally followed a similar seasonal trend year on year, with prices increasing from the beginning of the year until the summer then falling from August until November before stabilising in December.
However, in recent years the seasonal pattern has begun to diverge away from the usual trend. To read more about this development and the possible reasons for it, click here.