Hog Outlook: Heavier Hog Weights, USDA Meat Production Forecast Up

Ever since the new crop corn hit the feed bins, hog slaughter weights have been heavy. The average carcass weight of barrows and gilts slaughtered the week ending November 27 was a record 206 pounds, one pound heavier than the previous week and 5 pounds heavier than a year ago.

Hog Outlook: Prices End $4 Higher, Frozen Pork Down

Hog prices ended the week nearly $4 higher than the week before. The national weighted average carcass price for negotiated hogs Friday morning was $65.19/cwt, up $3.82/cwt from the previous Friday.

Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Prices Increase, Slaughter Total Up

The average retail price of pork during October was a record $3.363 per pound, up 6.3 cents from the month before and 48.3 cents higher than in October 2009. October’s price was the sixth consecutive record high. Having record retail prices is good, unless you need to move a lot of product.

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Farrowing production in today's pork industry is designed to meet the needs of the animal through facility design and proper training in animal husbandry.

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A trial demonstrated that a single dose of RespiSure-One helped provide exceptional effectiveness in protecting against mycoplasmal pneumonia. FULL STORY »

Video: Lines Drawn In Australian Sow Stall Battle Play video

A bitter dispute between most of Tasmania's pork producers and animal welfare activists has erupted over the Tasmanian Government's decision to ban small pens for sows on the grounds of cruelty.

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Tasmania's decision to ban sow stalls has shocked the pork industry at home and interstate.

Hog Prices By U.S. & State

Hog prices fell this month according to the NASS report that was released earlier this week. Iowa experienced the biggest drop in prices, seeing a $5.00 decrease.

Hog Outlook: Slaughter & Export Demand Increases

Pork exports during April were up 2.2% compared to 12 months earlier. Pork imports were down 4.6%. In April, 5.5 pounds of pork were exported for each pound imported. During the first four months of 2010 pork exports were up 1.5% and imports down 3.5%. January-April exports to Japan, our biggest foreign customer, were down 7.1% but shipments to Mexico and Canada were up 25.7% and 10.6%, respectively.

Hog Outlook: U.S. Pork Exports Higher, Brazil Demand 12 Percent Higher

The FAS expects the amount of pork moving in international trade will be up 2-4% this year. They are forecasting increased pork imports by each of our top three foreign customers - Japan, Mexico and Canada. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Lower Prices The Last Two Weeks May Reflect A Slowdown In Retail Movement

The lower hog prices the last two weeks may reflect a slowdown in retail movement. Hog prices quickly moved higher in April and May. Those prices are now showing up in the meat case. Hopefully, the upcoming three day weekend will bring lots of grilling and a need for stores to restock next week. FULL STORY »

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