Cash and Formula Prices Both Higher for Weaners Last Week

This market update is a weekly column reporting trends in weaner and feeder pig prices. All information contained in this update is for the week ended December 15, 2017.

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Looking at hog sales in June 2018 using June 2018 futures, the weaner breakeven was $73.06, down $1.52 for the week. Feed costs were down $0.78 per head. June futures decreased $1.13 compared to last week’s June futures used for the crush. Breakeven prices are based on closing futures prices on December 15, 2017. The breakeven price is the estimated maximum you could pay for a weaner pig and break even 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 9,000 head being reported. This is 26% of the 52-week average. Cash prices were $63.23, up $6.16 from a week ago. The low to high range was $37.00 - $72.00. Formula-priced weaners were up $3.18 this week at $46.81.

Cash-traded feeder pig reported volume was below average with 10,780 head reported. Cash feeder pig reported prices were $73.37, up $4.53 per head from last week.

Graph 1 shows the seasonal trends of the cash weaner pig market.

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Graph 2 shows the cash weaner price and cash feeder price on a weekly basis through December 15, 2017.

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Graph 3 shows the estimated weaner pig profit by comparing the weaner pig cash price to the weaner breakeven. The profit potential decreased $7.68 this week to a projected gain of $9.83 per head.

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Editor’s Note: Casey Westphalen is General Manager of NutriQuest Business Solutions, a division of NutriQuest.  NutriQuest Business Solutions is a team of business and financial experts in the livestock, row-crop and financial industries. For more information, go to or email [email protected].