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National Hog Farmer Weekly Preview
June 29, 2009
In this issue:
  No Relief in Pig Crop Report
  Losses Continue to Mount
  Ag Agreement on Climate Change
  Pork Checkoff Requests Input On Crafting New Strategic Plan

No Relief in Pig Crop Report
Last Friday’s quarterly Hogs and Pigs report did little to allay fears that the North American pork industry is in for another year of economic difficulty. As has been the story in most recent reports, any reductions of productive capacity being made by U.S. producers are being almost simultaneously offset by rising productivity.

The key numbers from the USDA report appear in Table 1. Note that virtually all of the numbers are very close to analysts’ pre-report estimates, published last week per a survey by DowJones. Anything within 1% is usually deemed “as expected” and likely to be neutral for Lean Hogs futures. Early trading on Monday indicates that the market was a bit surprised by the size of the fall pig crop (down only 0.1%) and somewhat disappointed that the breeding herd was not lower – even though I don’t know how current data could have suggested a significantly lower breeding herd.


Losses Continue to Mount
I looked back at some of my previous columns that I had written for National Hog Farmer’s Weekly Preview, and I find myself growing tired of even writing about the continued losses that the industry is experiencing. When the price for hogs is sitting at close to $57/cwt., carcass, pork producers are receiving about $114 a head for their hogs, while their cost to raise hogs is close to $140 a head. This equates to a $25 per head loss, and as you look forward, there are no profits in sight on the futures market until the middle of 2010.

In addition, pork cutout value is actually running below that of cash prices. Cutout value on June 24 was at $53.44, almost $2.50 below the cash price for that date. There’s no doubt that everyone in the pork industry is in need of some financial relief – but so far there does not seem to be any sign of relief in sight.


Ag Agreement on Climate Change
Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, announced an agricultural agreement on the climate change bill that the House of Representatives passed Friday night (June 26) by a vote of 219-212. Peterson worked out the agreement with Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Peterson said, “The climate change bill will include a strong agriculture offset program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will allow farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners to participate fully in a market-based carbon offset program. This agreement also addresses concerns about international indirect land use provisions that unfairly restricted U.S. biofuels producers and exempts agriculture and forestry from the definition of a capped sector.” On indirect land use, the agreement postpones the RFS2 (Renewable Fuels Standard) rule provision on indirect land use for five years (three-year study, two years for determination), plus another year for implementation at the conclusion, if needed. The agreement gives the secretary of agriculture veto power over the determination.


Pork Checkoff Requests Input On Crafting New Strategic Plan
With the long list of challenges confronting pork producers today, the National Pork Board is seeking producer input to help shape the future of the U.S. pork industry.

The goal of the series of meetings is to find new solutions to the economic, social and scientific challenges facing the pork industry.

The July regional meetings are open to all pork producers and to others with an interest in the future of the pork industry and the role of the Pork Checkoff. The meetings will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. as follows:


July 23, 2009: Pork Checkoff strategic planning meeting, Holiday Inn Convention Center, Omaha, NE; contact: the National Pork Board at (800) 456-7675 or go to www.pork.org.

July 24, 2009: Pork Checkoff strategic planning meeting, Indiana Pork Producers office, Indianapolis, IN; contact: the National Pork Board at (800) 456-7675 or go to www.pork.org.

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The Right Diet At the Right Time
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Setting Pigs Up to Succeed
Investing in the first day of a pig's life can make a pivotal difference in its lifetime performance.
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As average litter size continues to rise, extra effort must be focused on saving the best pigs.

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