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·         Cash Feeder Pig Prices Average $65.18, Up $12.90 Last Week

Looking at hog sales in May 2019 using June 2019 futures, the weaner breakeven was $71.04, up $0.40 for the week…


·         National Direct Delivered Feeder Pig Report: Week Ending Nov 30

Weekly Summary of prices on a delivered farm to farm basis.



Cash Feeder Pig Prices Average $65.18, Up $12.90 Last Week


Jennifer Brown, NutriQuest

via FarmJournal's Pork - November 30, 2018


Looking at hog sales in May 2019 using June 2019 futures, the weaner breakeven was $71.04, up $0.40 for the week. Feed costs were up $0.80 per head. June futures decreased $1.63 compared to last week’s June futures used for the crush and historical basis is improved from last week by $2.22 per cwt. Breakeven prices are based on closing futures prices on Nov. 30, 2018. The breakeven price is the estimated maximum you could pay for a weaner pig and breakeven when selling the finished hog.


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 do not consider 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 48,228 head being reported which is 141% of the 52-week average. Cash prices were $54.07, up $6.25 from a week ago. The low to high range was $40.00 - $66.00. Formula-priced weaners were up $3.77 this week at $44.92.


Cash-traded feeder pig reported volume was below average with 6,200 head reported. Cash feeder pig reported prices were $65.18, up $12.90 per head from last week.


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Des Moines, IA   Fri Nov 30,2018   USDA-Iowa Dept of Ag Market News


National Direct Delivered Feeder Pig Report: Week Ending Nov 30

Weekly Summary of prices on a delivered farm to farm basis.


RECEIPTS THIS WEEK: 102,315   LAST WEEK: 81,184      LAST YEAR: 68,050




Illinois 24.9%,       Missouri 13.3%,       Iowa 11.8%,

Manitoba 10.9%,       Colorado 9.3%,        Saskatchewan 5.5%,

Nebraska 4.9%,        Oklahoma 4.0%,        South Dakota 3.9%,

Minnesota 3.7%,       Alabama 2.1%,         Montana 1.5%,

Ohio 1.3%,            Ontario 1.1%,         Kansas 1.0%,

Georgia 1.0%,



Iowa 80.0%,           Illinois 6.3%,        Minnesota 5.6%,

Nebraska 3.0%,        South Dakota 1.7%,    Michigan 1.3%,

Kansas 1.2%,          Alabama 1.0%,


TRENDS COMPARED TO LAST WEEK:  Early weaned pigs 6.00 per head higher.

All feeder pigs 13.00 per head higher on light receipts.   Demand good to

 moderate  for moderate offerings.  Receipts include 47% formulated



All Prices Quoted on Per Head Basis With An Estimated Lean Value of 50-54%

                       Formula   Formula            Cash     Cash

Lot Size        Head    Range    Wtd Avg    Head    Range  Wtd Avg


EARLY WEANED Pigs 10-12 Pounds Basis:

600 - 1200       3260 39.64-41.75  40.66   5125  50.00-62.00    54.02

1200 or more    44627 37.00-69.66  45.23  43103  40.00-66.00    54.08

Total Composite 47887 37.00-69.66  44.92  48228  40.00-66.00    54.07


FEEDER Pigs 40 Pounds Basis:

600 or less                                 600  44.00-44.00    44.00

600 - 1200                                 1000  61.50-61.50    61.50

1200 or more                               4600  68.00-69.00    68.74

Total Composite                            6200  44.00-69.00    65.18


Total Composite Weighted Average Receipts and Price (Formula and Cash):

          All Early Weaned Pigs:     96115 at 49.51

          All 40 Pound Feeder Pigs:  6200 at 65.18



NOTE: Prices are quoted on a per head basis delivered to the buyers farm.

These prices include freight and fees on a farm to farm basis.  Most lots of

40-60 weight pigs have a sliding value from the negotiated weight basis which

is calculated on the actual average weight of the load plus or minus .25-.40

per pound.  Some early weaned lots have a slide of .50-1.00 per pound.  Early

weaned pigs are under 21 days old.  Estimated lean value is projected to use

slaughter weights with normal confinement feeding conditions.  Vaccination

and health program values are not included but health status should be



Source: USDA Market News Service, Des Moines, IA

        Bruce Thomas  515-284-4460

        24 Hour recorded market information 515-284-4830


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