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The January edition of Pig Market Trends (PMT) was published on Tuesday, including articles on 2014 in review, weaner prices, the US outlook and the Danish market.

The January 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:

  • 2014 Review. From a price point of view, 2014 will be a year to forget for UK pig producers but things could have been worse. The EU market recorded even bigger price falls, lower feed prices supported producer margins and disease problems which affected other parts of the world didn’t make it to our shores. This article reviews the pig market in 2014 and considers what trends last year can tell us about what to expect in 2015.
  • Weaner prices. In recent months, weaner prices have followed the downward trend of finished pig prices, despite feed prices being at a relatively low level. This article outlines new analysis looking at the relationship between weaner, pig and feed prices.
  • United States. Throughout 2014, the US pig industry was dominated by PEDv. This led higher piglet mortality, lower supplies and record prices. The number of PEDv cases so far this winter has been much lower so the situation in the US industry is likely to be very different in 2015. Read our analysis of prospects for the US market in the coming year in this article.
  • Denmark. In the first ten months of 2014, Denmark’s pork production decreased but both pork and live pig exports increased. The latter continues to present a challenge for the Danish industry, while price, disease, environmental and animal welfare pressures are also prominent. This article reviews these challenges and the impact they are having on the Danish industry.

Pig Market Trends is available free of charge. You can subscribe by e-mailing redmeatmi@ahdb.org.uk. Recent editions can be downloaded from the BPEX website by clicking here.