Cooney: Weaned pig prices are up $40.49 from three months ago

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 November 29, 2013.

The weaner pig breakeven price is $87.80, up $1.54 for the week on higher hog futures. The breakeven price is up $40.49 per head from three months ago driven largely by hog futures that have increased $14.43 and corn prices down $0.54 per bushel. The breakeven price is based on closing futures prices on November 29, 2013 and the assumptions outlined below.

Margin over variable costs was $109.21 and refers to the revenue generated from raising a weaner pig that contribute to fixed costs and pig purchase costs. In other words, if the alternative is to idle facilities every dollar between the purchase price and margin over variable costs contributes toward covering those fixed costs such as facility, labor, utilities, property taxes and insurance.

For the Week Ended


Weekly Change

Weaner pig breakeven



Margin over variable costs



Pig purchase month

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Live hog sale month

May, 2014

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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



Other feed cost



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. 

National Direct Delivered Feeder Pig Report

Cash traded weaner pig volume was well below average with just 16,767 head reported, that's down 44 percent from the previous week. Cash prices were $77.43 per head, up $1.56 from the previous week. Cash prices are up $40.57 per head from three months ago.



Weekly change

Cash sale weaner pig volume



Weighted average cash price/head



Cash low price/head



Cash high price/head







The number of reported weaner pigs sold on a formula basis was 50,790 head reported at an average price of $52.57. That's up $1.40 per head from the previous week.

Ryan Cooney is general manager of ePigflow, an online market for weaner pigs, feeder pigs and facility spaces. You can find available pigs and facilities by visiting