Commentary: Wean Pig and Swine Facility Insights
By Ryan Cooney

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 June 14, 2013.

Breakeven price for a weaner pig was $27.92 based on closing futures prices on June 14, 2013 and the assumptions outlined below.  The breakeven price is up $5.58 from last week.

Margin over variable costs was $49.75 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

Jun, 2013


Live hog sale month

Dec, 2013


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 reported volume was 20 percent lower with 35,455 head trading. Reported cash prices were up $1.54 per head from the previous week at $28.08 and the low to high spread was wider at $16.50.

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 8 percent with 46,287 head being reported at an average price of $36.73 which is up $0.65 per head from the previous week.

Facility Spaces

As listed on ePigflow, there were 56,100 finishing spaces available. 

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