Form-A-Feed provides monthly swine feeding projections to keep you in tune with the ever-changing market conditions and how these changes come together to affect profitability. We have developed a profit analysis program called Results Driven Solutions (RDS) to assess customer profitability given a set of costs, production parameters, and market prices. We have used this on a customer specific basis to improve decision making in purchasing open market pigs as well as for determining the correct feeding program and marketing strategy. Listed below is a more broad analysis of current conditions in today’s marketplace. Please contact your Form-A-Feed Representative for profit analysis specific to your operation.
Changes over the past week:
- Open-market purchase prices were softer. Weaned pigs continuing to fluctuate around the $20/head mark (-$1.53/head). Feeder pigs continued their nearly 2-month slide (-$-2.96/head).
- Predicted lean hog values were moderately stronger for both February/March marketings (+$3.85/cwt) and December/January marketings (+$1.97/cwt).
- Feed costs +$0.50 per head: corn unchanged, SBM +$11.00/ton, DDGS -$1.50/ton, lysine unchanged, and fat unchanged.
- Weaker purchase prices and stronger lean hog values pushed profit margins up substantially for both open-market weaned and feeder pigs (+$9.00 and +$8.00 per head, respectively).