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 September 6, 2013.

The weaner pig breakeven price is up $4.00 from last week due to higher hog prices and lower corn prices. The breakeven price is based on closing futures prices on September 6, 2013 and the assumptions outlined below.

Margin over variable costs was $73.14 and refers to the revenue generated from raising a weaner pig that contribute to fixed costs and pig purchase costs. In other words, if the alternative is to idle facilities every dollar between the purchase price and margin over variable costs contributes toward covering those fixed costs such as facility, labor, utilities, property taxes and insurance.

For the Week Ended


Weekly Change

Weaner pig breakeven



Margin over variable costs



Pig purchase month

Sept, 2013

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Live hog sale month

Mar, 2014

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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



Other feed cost



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.

National Direct Delivered Feeder Pig Report

Cash traded weaner pig volume was 44 percent lower with 31,169 head reported. Cash prices were up $1.35 per head from the previous week at $38.21 and the low to high spread was $6.50 narrower.



Weekly change

Cash sale weaner pig volume



Weighted average cash price/head



Cash low price/head



Cash high price/head







The number of reported weaner pigs sold on a formula basis was up 23 percent with 41,415 head being reported at an average price of $40.77 which is down $0.81 per head from the previous week.

There are 11,170 available spaces listed on ePigflow and 22,400 wanted spaces listed on ePigflow.

Ryan Cooney is general manager of ePigflow, an online market for weaner pigs, feeder pigs and facility spaces. You can find available pigs and facilities by visiting