Price influences
There are a number of influences that may impact on the price a farmer receives for his
eggs. Demand can inflate or deflate prices, so at traditional baking times such as Christmas
and Easter - both peak periods within the annual calendar for egg sales - the price for eggs
usually remains high. In January, when we’re on the traditional post-festive diet and using
up all the leftovers, egg sales drop off and prices often follow.
Demand versus supply will impact too, if there are too many eggs in the national basket so
to speak, inevitably the price the farmer gets will drop – too few eggs, and the price may
rise, although a shortage can also generate the threat of increased imports to bridge any
gap in UK production.
The post Christmas lull in sales often results in many thousands of hens going to slaughter
in January too, giving farmers the opportunity to bring young pullets up to 'peak laying' just
in time for Pancake Day. And before you think accusatory thoughts, don't blame the farmer
he simply follows demand. Buy more eggs in January and increased sales could prevent
the heavy traffic to the processing plant.