Retail pork prices were up 1.7 percent from December and up 5.2 percent from January of 2004, according to Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain, University of Missouri agricultural economists.

The total marketing margin for pork was down 5.7 percent in January from a year earlier with processor-retail margin down 5.5 percent and the packers’ margin was down 6.6 percent in January from 12 months earlier.

Even though retail pork prices were up over 5 percent in January from January 2004, they were still 2.2 percent below the record high retail price set in September 2004.

Live hog prices in January were basically the same as in December 2004, but up nearly 36 percent from January 2004, say the Missouri economists.