Cash Weaner Pig Prices Average $46.62, Down $5.07 Last Week

Mar 20, 2023

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This market update is a weekly column reporting trends in weaner pigs. All information contained in this update is for the week ended Mar. 17. 

NutriQuest Business Solutions publishes weekly weaner pig profitability calculations which uses industry representative production costs and futures pricing for lean hogs, corn and soybean meal, using historical basis assumptions, to establish approximate profitability and break-even pricing for the current sale or purchase of weaner pigs. Prices are based on closing futures prices on Mar. 17 and assumes CME Lean Hog Index cost and historical basis assumptions.

When you consider that today’s purchased weaner would be sold in September 2023 using October 2023 futures, the weaner breakeven was $49.83, down $15.14 for the week. Feed costs were down $0.93 per head, and October futures decreased $7.65 compared to last week’s futures, while historical basis is unchanged from last week.

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#44 -More than meets the eye: respiratory diseases in swine - Drs. Michael Rahe and Rachel Derscheid

Video: #44 -More than meets the eye: respiratory diseases in swine - Drs. Michael Rahe and Rachel Derscheid

You know what they say: not everything is as it seems... That's especially true for diagnosing respiratory diseases in swine: interpretation can be quite a challenge. That is because a respiratory infection may look like a specific disease, but this does not mean we are going to get that diagnosis once we do a PCR. For example, producers and veterinarians are used to seeing post-weaning respiratory diseases with influenza clinical signs; still, we may not get PCR-positive results for influenza in those situations. With that in mind, I talk with Drs. Michael Rahe and Rachel Derscheid about such respiratory issues, especially related to Porcine Astroviruses.