Jim Long Pork Commentary, Supercharged Profits, September 23rd 2019


Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics

Last week we attended and exhibited at the VIV-China.
Take home message- If you have pigs in China, Prices are very Good!

  • 13 lb. isowean: 1100 rmb or $150 U.S.
  • 36 lb. feeder pig: 1500 rmb or $205 U.S.
  • Market Hog price: 3120 rmb at 280 lbs. – $427 U.S.
  • Profit per hog: 1600 rmb – $219 U.S.

We all remember PED – we lost 7% of our pigs as an industry. Most had the most profitable year ever due to high prices. It’s kind of bizarre ASF for many in China is like a super charged PED re:  profit.

$200 plus per head- if you are down 50% in production in China but still have 50% to sell it doesn’t take a computer or ag-economist to figure you are still making good money.

In USA-Canada we are fortunate not to have ASF but unfortunately we are producing pigs under the cost of production. No wonder there is next to no new sow barns being built in U.S. but in China many new sow barns under construction.

The amazing thing about Chinas prices is the fact the sow inventory continues to decline. The price of pigs and market hogs probably has further upside due to the lower sow inventory compared to where it was 9 months ago, that is producing today’s market hogs. Probably in the 9 months’ time period China lost another 8-10 million sows? This dog has not hit the end of the chain.

Last week U.S. early wean pigs averaged $31.13 up $5 from the week before.  We will probably see continued increases over the coming weeks as we move towards higher monthly lean future prices.

40 lb. Feeder pigs averaged $39. U.S. last week. These prices are below break-evens for finishers.  The small pig story, from feeder pig brokers; pricing is being suppressed by lack of positive psychology, profits and limited finishing space. We expect if the market attitude and profits improved so would space availability.

We expect finishing capacity is at seasonal maximum inventory.

Last week U.S. was marketing 488,000 hogs a day. Doubt if 488,000 a day small pigs are being placed for March marketings. That will increase space and then demand.

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Lyle L Jones, Genesus Director of Sales China
Ji Chongxing, New Hope Vice President
Mike Van Schepdael, Genesus Vice President
GU Yaping, Genesus China General Manger
Zhikai (Kyle) Zheng, New Hope Senior Research Scientist