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How do weaner prices respond to pig & feed prices?

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Read about our new analysis of the relationship between prices for weaners, finished pigs and feed.

In recent months, weaner prices have followed the same downward trend as finished pig prices. This has come despite feed prices being at a relatively low level. It is unsurprising that these two factors are the main determinant of weaner prices. Feed represents at least 70% of costs for finishers, other than the cost of the weaners, and finished pig prices determine their income. So how do weaner price levels relate to the other two prices?

New analysis suggests that weaner prices are set in a rational way, with the market weighing up the balance between finished pig and feed prices. To read about the results of the analysis, click here.