Producer, packing margins continue improvement

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Pork producer margins gained ground last week as negotiated cash hog prices gained more than $2 per hundredweight. Producer margins improved $8.27 per hog, leaving margins at margins at a negative $17.25 per hog marketed, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker.

Negotiated cash hog prices improved $2.24 per hundredweight $82.82. Pork packer margins improved $1.76 per head for the week, resulting in losses of $0.39 per head, according to estimates by Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore.

Cattle feeding margins improved for the second consecutive week as cash cattle prices rallied $2 per hundredweight and breakevens inched lower. Margins gained more than $5 per head for the week, leaving losses under $50 per head, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker.

Beef packers saw their margins improve nearly $6 per head, leaving losses at $52 per head. The Sterling Beef Profit Quotient declined improved 20 points for the week and the industry profitability index is now negative 162.0.

A year ago cattle feeders sold cash cattle at $118.63 per hundredweight, resulting in losses of $107.33 per head. Last year cash hogs fetched $82.49 per hundredweight, resulting in profits of $8.82 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 26:

  • Average farrow-to-finish margins: -$17.25 per head.
  • Average pork packer margins: -$0.39 per head.

The Sterling Beef Profit Tracker for the week ending April 27:

  • Average feedyard margins: -$49.25 per head.
  • Average packer margins: -$52.34 per head.
  • Sterling Profit Quotient: -162.0.

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.



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