Spring hog price rally cut short by trade uncertainty and poor packer margins

Pork Profit Maximizer – Food Service Edition Highlights The nearby July hog futures contract declined almost 5% in the last four trading sessions. The decline has come even as the cash hog index continues to push higher. July futures closed on Friday under $80/cwt even as the cash hog index is currently above $86/cwt. The positive […]

Higher exports for all meat proteins in April offer a demand boost but also underscore threat from possible trade disruptions

Pork Profit Maximizer – Food Service Edition Highlights April red meat exports were excellent. The early Easter may have helped, adding more work days to the month compared to a holiday-shortened month last year. Lower hog and cattle prices also provided an assist, sometimes offering foreign buyers an opportunity to cover needs at lower prices. […]

Pork Profit Maximizer, April 16, 2018

Foodservice Edition Highlights Increasing pork supplies expected to keep prices under year-ago levels for much of this summer and fall Rising pork supplies have pressured prices lower so far this spring and values are forecast to be under year-ago levels into summer and fall. For now, the impact has been much more significant on hogs […]

Pork Profit Maximizer, March 05, 2018

Foodservice Edition Robust demand supporting feeder prices earlier in the year but prices should be seasonally lower into the spring. Feeder pig prices have performed better than some expected at the start of the year but it appears that seasonality has finally started to catch up with this market, especially as we start to move […]