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 July 18, 2014.

Pricing off the February lean hog contract for January sales shows a weaner breakeven of $91.75 up $2.54 for the week. The February lean hog contract was up $0.78 for the week. Feed costs were down $0.93 per head. The spread between the August and February futures contract narrowed by $2.32 to $28.08. Breakeven prices are based on closing futures prices on July 18, 2014 and the assumptions outlined below. 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

Aug, 2014

Jul, 2014

Live hog sale month

Jan, 2015

Jan, 2015

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.

National Direct Delivered Feeder Pig Report

Cash traded weaner pig volume was below average with 23,217 head reported which is 79 percent of the 52 week average. Cash prices were $77.77 per head, up $2.22 from the previous week.


Weekly change

Cash sale weaner pig volume



Weighted average cash price/head



Cash low price/head



Cash high price/head



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

The number of reported weaner pigs sold on a formula basis was 42,895 head at an average price of $51.22. That’s up $4.77 per head from the previous week.

Graph 2 shows the cash weaner price and cash feeder price on a weekly basis through July 18.

Graph 3 shows the estimated profit opportunity by comparing the weekly weaner cash price to the breakeven price.


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