At what time of year is pork demand the strongest? We would bet that many would say summertime, say CME Daily Livestock Report authors Steve Meyer and Len Steiner. Grilling, ribs, BLT sandwiches, hot dogs — all of those must push pork demand to its highest level of the year, right? Besides it shows up in prices which are, in “normal” years, at their peak in June and July. So it must be summer.

But the data say that that logic is wrong. It is clear that pork demand is actually strongest in the fall when pork disappearance is high and prices do not fall significantly. Summer months are just the opposite — per capita disappearance/consumption is low and prices do not rise significantly.

Source: CME Daily Livestock Report