Genesus Global Market Report: Canada


Genesus Global Market Report 

Canada_November 2019

Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario

As Ontario moves through a late harvest, due to a late, backward spring we see the bulk of the beans (soys % edibles) off. However, it is doubtful that more than five percent of the corn is harvested. Manitoba got whacked with an early winter storm that is likely to have long term consequences. As one observer pointed out “three quarters of the crop was off, but the last quarter was the high value part.” Suffering severe crop damage.

Similarly looking to 2019 hog year it is looking to be average at best. The table below compiled by OMAFRA shows the first six-month average net return at $3.90. Four of the nine months have been significantly negative values with the prospect of the fourth quarter more likely negative than positive.

2019 Monthly Hog Market Facts

Month Jan’19 Feb’19 Mar’19 Apr’19 May’19 Jun’19 1st 6 mo.
100% Formula Price ($/ckg, 100 index) $135.65 $133.45 $139.01 $193.73 $202.91 $190.33 $165.85
Same Month – Previous Year $156.28 $165.96 $151.39 $128.94 $152.13 $185.96 $156.78
Value of Market Hog $160.53 $156.28 $162.42 $224.51 $235.48 $219.25 $193.08
Feed Cost $120.66 $119.85 $119.70 $118.41 $118.72 $120.07 $119.57
Other variable Costs $45.11 $45.31 $45.33 $45.05 $44.88 $44.67 $45.06
Fixed Costs $24.55 $24.55 $24.55 $24.55 $24.55 $24.55 $24.55
Total Costs $190.32 $189.71 $189.58 $188.01 $188.15 $189.29 $189.18
Net Return ($29.79) ($33.43) ($27.16) $36.50 $47.33 $29.96 $3.90


2019 Monthly Hog Market Facts

Month Jul’19 Aug’19 Sep’19
100% Formula Price ($/ckg, 100 index) $172.86 $189.53 $142.82
Same Month – Previous Year $188.54 $132.86 $127.20
Value of Market Hog $198.39 $215.60 $165.37
Feed Cost $122.65 $123.95 $128.08
Other variable Costs $44.91 $44.76 $45.00
Fixed Costs $24.55 $24.55 $24.55
Total Costs $192.11 $193.26 $197.63
Net Return $6.28 $22.34 ($32.26)


The chart below gives a longer range prospective. 2019 is likely to remain positive on the year keeping the last six years a considerably better run than the drought of the previous eight.


However, far from the promise of China with the run up in prices in April and May. Without that largely speculative run 2019 would look far more like 2018. Red with many participants considering exiting the business.


Further the chart below shows a glimmer of hog prices moving out their multi year trading range. But this industry requires a substantive move to renew itself. A new build today requires a mammoth investment, permitting to be charitable is challenging at best and labour is industry wide challenge. Economy wide challenge for that matter.


Therefore, there needs to be prospect of a reasonable return for longer than a minute. Southeast Asia holds that promise but takes more than promises to renew an industry. Time to see some deliverables.



Get acquainted with the
Global Mega Producer

A program of recognition led by National Hog Farmer sponsored by Genesus Inc.

Vall Companys Group

Vall Companys is recognized as a Global Mega Producer for 2019.


The Vall Companys Group story began in 1956 as an agri-food family-owned operation. The company’s operational model is based on the integration of all stages of the production process. With 213,000 sows in production, Vall Companys is the largest European independent Mega Producer swine company.


What has made Vall Companys unique is the development of an integration model, in which farmers provide facilities and labour. The rest of the services -animals, feed, veterinary control- are provided by the integrating company. The model was first used in the pork sector, and subsequently introduced in the poultry area. They are in all production chain


Key figures:

  • Total sales: 1.8 billion dollars
  • Production meat (thousand MT)
  • Pork: 340
  • Poultry: 135
  • Beef: 13
  • Cured ham: 13
  • Processed: 7
  • Sows in production: 213,000
  • Production of pigs: 5.3 million heads
  • Production of poultry: 72 million heads
  • Production of feed: 1.79 million MT
  • Flour: 470 thousand MT
  • Associated farms: 2,100
  • Activities: feed manufacturing, meat industry, animal production (swine, poultry and beef), flour milling, veterinary medicaments, merchandising and transportation.

Mercedes Vega, General Director for Spain, Italy & Portugal; Luis Pico, Sow Production Manager Vall Companys;  and Jim Long, President-CEO, Genesus Inc.


Mercedes Vega, General Director for Spain, Italy & Portugal with Jose Quirino Cabañes – Production Director and Alfredo Castell – Genaral Manager at Agrocesa, part of Vall Companys Group



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