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 February 17, 2017.

Looking at hog sales in August 2017 using August 2017 futures the weaner breakeven was $54.19, down $9.07 for the week. Feed costs were down $0.32 per head. October futures decreased $8.88 compared to last week’s August futures used for the crush and historical basis is more favorable compared to last week by $4.29. Breakeven prices are based on closing futures prices on February 17, 2017. The breakeven price is the estimated maximum you could pay for a weaner pig and breakeven when selling the finished hog.

For the Week Ended


Weekly Change

Weaner pig breakeven



Margin over variable costs



Pig purchase month

Feb, 2017


Live hog sale month

August, 2017


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



Feed costs per head



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.

From the National Direct Delivered Feeder Pig Report

Cash traded weaner pig volume was above average this week with 35,729 head being reported which is 101 percent of the 52-week average. Cash prices were $53.40, down $0.67 from a week ago. The low to high range was $42.00 - $58.00. Formula priced weaners were up $1.03 last week at $45.06.

Cash traded feeder pig reported volume was below average with 4,795 head reported. Cash feeder pig reported prices were $72.11, down $0.02 per head from the previous week.

Graph 1 shows the seasonal trends of the cash weaner pig market.

Graph 2 shows the cash weaner price and cash feeder price on a weekly basis through February 17, 2017.

Graph 3 shows the estimated weaner pig profit by comparing the weaner pig cash price to the weaner breakeven. The profit potential decreased $8.40 this week to $0.79 per head.

Editor’s Note: Casey Westphalen is General Manager of NutriQuest Business Solutions, a division of NutriQuest.  NutriQuest Business Solutions is a team of business and financial experts in the livestock, row-crop and financial industries. For more information, go to or email