This market update is a PorkBusiness weekly column reporting trends in weaner and feeder pig production. All information contained in this update is for the week ended August 17, 2018.
Looking at hog sales in February 2019 using April 2019 futures the weaner breakeven was $37.46, up $24.25 for the week. Feed costs were up $1.57 per head. April futures increased $13.43 compared to last week’s February futures used for the crush and historical basis has declined from last week by $0.88 per cwt. Breakeven prices are based on closing futures prices on August 17, 2018. The breakeven price is the estimated maximum you could pay for a weaner pig and breakeven when selling the finished hog.
Note that the weaner pig profitability calculations provide weekly insight into the relative value of pigs based on assumptions that may not be reflective of your individual situation. In addition, these calculations do not consider market supply and demand dynamics for weaner pigs and space availability.
From the National Direct Delivered Feeder Pig Report
Cash-traded weaner pig volume was below average this week with 29,762 head reported. This is 93% of the 52-week average. Cash prices were $16.99, up $3.35 from a week ago. The low to high range was $8.00 - $22.00. Formula-priced weaners were up $0.20 this week at $32.45.
Cash-traded feeder pig reported volume was below average with 8,600 head reported. Cash feeder pig reported prices were $17.21, down $6.79 per head from last week.
Graph 1 shows the seasonal trends of the cash weaner pig market.
Graph 2 shows the cash weaner price and cash feeder price on a weekly basis through August 17, 2018.
Graph 3 shows the estimated weaner pig profit by comparing the weaner pig cash price to the weaner breakeven. The profit potential increased $20.90 this week to a projected gain of $20.47 per head.
Editor’s Note: Jennifer Brown is Director of NutriQuest Business Solutions, a division of NutriQuest. NutriQuest Business Solutions is a team of leading business and financial experts that bring years of unparalleled experience in the livestock, row-crop and financial industries. For more information, please visit our website at www.nutriquest.com or email [email protected].