Hog Slaughter Forecast 4 Percent Over 2019 Levels

Hog Slaughter Forecast 4 Percent Over 2019 Levels

Twelve cars of packer BFT traded up sharply today. Tight nearby availability tied to production issues and higher ffa levels limiting supply of max 4 BFT is meeting some short positions, driving prices sharply higher over the last couple of weeks. Renderer BFT was bid higher today as well for up to ten cars with sellers not willing to sell as of press time.

Hog slaughter finished last week at an estimated 2.5 million head, up 8 percent from a year ago levels. The slaughter is forecast to trend higher over the next six weeks, projected at 2.6 million head this week and to 2.7 million head on the week ending September 19th. Production over the next six weeks is forecast at an average of 2.59 million head, up 4 percent compared to llast year and 5 percent higher than the prior six week average.

 

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