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The March 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:

  • Physical performance. The GB pig herd’s productivity improved again in 2014 but there is a growing divergence between the indoor and outdoor breeding herd performance. Our analysis of the latest data and the differences between indoor and outdoor herds can be found in this article.
  • Hard discounters. Aldi and Lidl continue to increase market share as mainstream supermarkets contract - the question is how far can they go? While it is impossible to accurately quantify their future growth in GB, there are some indications from trends in other EU countries. To see what these trends tell us, read this article.
  • EU census and forecasts. Latest figures from the EU December pig census and updated forecasts suggest that the tough times for EU producers will continue for much of 2015 but that things could start to improve by the end of the year. You can read about the latest EU pig herd developments and forecasts for the coming year in this article.
  • UK December survey. Latest figures from Defra show that in December 2014, the UK pig herd was above 4.5 million head for the first time since 2008, up 3% over the last year. This shows that productivity continues to improve, given that the number of sows was down by 2%. More details of the survey results can be found in this short article.

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