Pork Profit Maximizer, March 05, 2018

Retail 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 […]

Pork Profit Maximizer, February 19, 2018

Retail Edition Pullback in hog prices brings a much needed correction to the market and should bolster wholesale pork demand going into spring. The drop in lean hog futures this week was swift as market participants reacted to a deterioration in pork product prices and the resulting negative impact this had on packer margins. On […]

Pork Profit Maximizer, February 05, 2018

Retail Edition We recently updated our supply and price projections for 2018 and 2019. What follows is a brief synopsis that we included with our regular quarterly report, outlining our thesis for the pork market in the near and medium term. In our last quarterly update we noted that: “annual pork price inflation is expected […]

Pork Profit Maximizer, Jan. 22, 2018

Retail Edition 1. As of this writing, the US Senate had not agreed on new budget resolution. Most USDA market reports are funded through federal government appropriations and, as long as the shutdown continues, USDA will not issue any price reports. We hope the situation is resolved quickly and that we avoid a repeat of […]

Pork Profit Maximizer, Jan. 08, 2018

Retail Edition Highlights: Wholesale pork prices increase in January, largely because of seasonally lower slaughter during the month
The value of the pork cutout in the second half of January in the last ten years was up 3% compared to the first half of the month, with prices increasing in nine of the last ten years
Shipments of US fresh/frozen and cooked pork in November were 180,333 MT, 3.8% higher than the all-time record levels a year ago
Exports of US pork variety meats have struggled, with exports to China down sharply compared to a year ag

Pork Profit Maximizer, Dec. 26, 2017

Retail Edition Highlights: The total inventory of hogs and pigs on December 1, 2017 was estimated at 73.230 million hogs, 2.4% higher than a year ago
USDA survey pegged the hog breeding herd inventory at 6.179 million head, 1.1% above last year’s levels and now 7% higher than the cycle low in 2009
The increase in the breeding herd sets the stage for larger pig crops in Dec‐Feb (summer slaughter) and Mar‐May (fall slaughter).The supply of red meat and poultry in cold storage is higher than a year ago but the drawdown in stocks during November suggests demand remains in good shape
There were 505.0 million pounds of pork in cold storage at the end of last month, 2.7% less than a year ago and 5.7% less than the five year average

Pork Profit Maximizer, Dec. 11, 2017

Retail Edition Highlights: Hog slaughter up 3.6% for the week and combined with higher weights pork production is running 4% above year ago levels. Increase in pork supplies continues to keep ham prices under pressure. Seasonally ham prices find a bottom at the end of December. Pork belly demand has increased sharply following a 20% […]

Pork Profit Maximizer, Nov. 27, 2017

Retail Edition Pork cold storage inventories at year ago lev‐ els despite larger production in the last three months. The overall inventory of pork products in cold storage at the end of October was 597.3 million pounds, 0.3% lower than last year and 2.8% higher than the five year average. October pork inventories declined 3.4% […]