Pork producer margins improved a modest $3 per head last week, with margins at a negative $26 per hog marketed, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. Negotiated cash hog prices improved $1.66 per hundredweight last week to $82.11. Pork packer margins declined $0.72 per head for the week, resulting in losses of $8.70 per head, according to estimates developed by Sterling Marketing Inc., Vale, Ore. .

Cattle feeding margins declined $7 per head last week following a $1 per hundredweight decrease in cash fed cattle prices. Average losses are now more than $81 per head, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker.

Beef packers saw their margins decline nearly $22 per head, leaving losses at $67 per head. The Sterling Beef Profit Quotient declined 26 points for the week and the industry profitability index is now negative 262.5.

A year ago cattle feeders sold cash cattle at $121.47 per hundredweight, resulting in losses of $78.62 per head. Last year cash hogs fetched $82.17 per hundredweight, resulting in profits of $10.85 per head.

The Sterling Beef and Pork Profit Trackers are calculated using actual weekly prices for both cattle and hogs, feed costs, beef and pork cutout prices, drop credits and other factors that influence profit margins.

The Sterling Pork Profit Tracker for the week ending April 12:

  • Average farrow-to-finish margins: -$25.74 per head.
  • Average pork packer margins: -$8.70 per head.

The Sterling Beef Profit Tracker for the week ending April 13:

  • Average feedyard margins: -$81.35 per head.
  • Average packer margins: -$66.79 per head.
  • Sterling Profit Quotient: -262.5.

The Sterling Beef and Pork Profit Trackers are produced by Sterling Marketing Inc. and John Nalivka, president, Vale, Ore., and are published weekly by Drovers/CattleNetwork, and PorkNetwork.