Margins Remain Higher than Year Ago

Farrow-to-finish pork producers saw their margins remain near breakeven last week, ahead of the holiday weekend. Profit margins averaged $0.17 per head the previous week, according to Sterling Marketing's Pork Tracker. Lean carcass prices traded at $57.41, a decline of $1.46 per cwt. from the previous week. A year ago pork producers lost an average of $8 per head. Pork packer margins totaled $33 per head last week, a decline of $1 per head.

For farrow-to-finish pork producers, Sterling Marketing president John Nalivka projects 2017 profit margins to average $20 per head, compared to $5 per head last year. Pork packers are projected to earn $25 per head in 2017, up slightly from $24 profit per head in 2016.

Click to read the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker.