Commentary: Weaner pig volume above average

This market update is a PorkNetwork weekly column reporting trends in weaner pig prices and swine facility availability.

All information contained in this update is for the week ended October 14, 2016.

Looking at hog sales in April 2017 using April 2017 futures the weaner breakeven was $19.59, up $0.79 for the week. Feed costs were up $1.54 per head. April futures increased $1.15 compared to last week's April futures used for the crush. Breakeven prices are based on closing futures prices on October 14, 2016. The breakeven price is the estimated maximum you could pay for a weaner pig and

breakeven when selling the finished hog.

For the Week Ended


Weekly Change

Weaner pig breakeven



Margin over variable costs



Pig purchase month

Oct, 2016

Live hog sale month

Apr, 2017

Lean hog futures



Lean hog basis/cwt



Weighted average sbm futures



Weighted average sbm basis



Weighted average corn futures



Weighted average corn basis



Nursery cost/space/yr



Finisher cost/space/yr



Feed costs per head



Assumed carcass weight



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 don't take into account 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 above average this week with 36,150 head being reported which is 115 percent of the 52-week average. Cash prices were $13.30, up $0.58 from a week ago. The low to high range was $4.00 to $16.00. Formula priced weaners were down $0.70 this week at $31.23.

Cash traded feeder pig reported volume was below average with 3,735 head reported. Cash feeder pig reported prices were $22.11, up $0.59 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 October 14, 2016.

Graph 3 shows the estimated weaner pig profit by comparing the weaner pig cash price to the weaner breakeven. The profit potential increased $0.21 this week to $6.29 per head.

Editor's Note: Casey Westphalen is General Manager 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, visit or email [email protected].