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Market Commentary: Tuesday, October 23/18


Hog futures are trading higher in all months. Strong morning buyer support has continued to develop through the hog complex with commercial traders moving back into the market to expand the aggressive support seen yesterday. December hog futures are leading the complex higher with a midday rally at $1.50 per cwt higher as traders bounce off recent market lows.

Cash hog trade today is expected to be steady to $2 lower; most bids are $1 lower. Prices are higher on the National and on the Iowa Minnesota morning reports. The cutout value is higher also.  

The Canadian Dollar is trading higher against the US dollar at midday. 

For Tuesday, Oct 23, the Western Hog Exchange OlyWest price is $1.460/kg dressed and the OlyWest plus price is $1.470/kg dressed. This is Kerrie Simpson reporting from the Western Hog Exchange. 

Forward Contracting at Christmas/New Years

Re: Forward  Contracting for the holiday shortened weeks of December 23, 2017 to January 5, 2018

Dear Western Hog Exchange Producers,

Please be advised that due to the 3 day week during the Christmas break and 4 day week of New Years, Forward Contracting limits have been reached.
No further Forward Contracts will be taken for those weeks.

We recommend talking to Olymel Hog Bookings, early to schedule your loads. It may be advisable to ship early if that is possible for your operation.
They can be reached at: at (403) 343-8700 or 1 (877) 488-8700 ext 5281 or ext 5287.

Weekly Regional HOG PRICE Report


Things to Consider….

Last week the USDA released the latest Meat Trade data including pork export numbers which again came in above year ago levels for the 13th consecutive month.  Total US pork exports for Aug 2018 (latest report) reached 437.7 M pounds compared to 418.0 M pounds in Aug 2017.

The October report confirms ongoing demand for US product in all major markets around the world.  Although China imports have seen a decline versus year ago levels shown in the graph, other markets such as South Korea and Columbia have more than made up the difference that was lost to the once dominant buyer. 

Monthly exports maintained the seasonal trend as shown in the Total US Pork Exports graph with the lowest volumes traditionally seen in July.  This year once again, August posted higher volumes than the month earlier coming in a modest but positive 3% higher.

Lean hog futures over the last week have cooled off from the sharp gains registered over the last month.  As mentioned in the previous couple of weeks a slight downturn in the futures should not be unexpected given the sharp rally that occurred in September.  Cash markets have also come off the top which also is adding pressure to the overall market.

Hog producers still looking to add to coverage in late 2018 or early 2019 should use any positive trade days as an opportunity to hedge the risk still associated with late season market weakness.     Although the market appears to be currently range bound (no major up or down trend present), one piece of news could easily send the market for a tail spin.  Hedging Nov18-Apr19 is recommended from current values to the contract highs posted during the last week.

October 16, 2018

Weekly Hog Price Recap

Regional and national cash hogs reported lower values throughout much of the week. Daily bids began the week on the stronger side, lessening to moderate volume to end the week. Regional cash fell more than $1/cwt on the weekly average, while national cash declined $0.80/cwt.  CME cash by comparison, rose near $0.75/cwt. Wholesale pork values were lower on the weekly average, falling $1.11/cwt as many primals declined.

Monitored Canadian hog markets did receive support from the improved rate of exchange, with the BOC rate up $0.0149 from last week to 1.3007.  Markets based off the CME increased the most with pricing out of Quebec up the most, up $5.50/hog.  Thunder Creek and the Sig 4 were up similarly.  Pricing out of Ontario and the Sig 5 which were both up near $3/hog. The WHE climbed $0.70/hog, while pricing out of Hylife fell more than $2/hog.     In the US, Tyson pricing increased $1.50/hog while values calculated out of JM were near $2 lower per hog.

Weekly Hog Margins

Hog margins were mixed to generally stronger.  Farrow to finish feed costs increased $1/hog north of the border, while those out of the US rose near $0.25/hog.  Hog margins out of Hylife declined the most, with lower hog values and rising feed costs dropping margins near $3.50/hog. The WHE also calculated lower hog margins, falling $0.50/hog. Other markets in Canada were reported higher, with margins based off the Sig 5 up $1.50/hog and remaining markets up $3-$4.50/hog. In the US, Tyson margins were calculated $1.25/hog higher while those out of JM weakened $2.50/hog.

 US Regional Margins    

- Tyson $16.63 USD X 1.3007 = 21.63 in Canadian Dollars

- Morrell $7.86 USD X 1.3007 = 10.22 in Canadian Dollars

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