Alberta pork producers face fluctuating costs


Declining shopper buy energy placing strain on demand

calendar icon 11 September 2023

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The pork sector is experiencing a fluctuation in costs, in accordance with a report from Ann Boyda, livestock market analyst with the Alberta authorities. 

“The North American hog market is going through post-Covid challenges stemming from excessive feed prices, labour shortages and trade consolidation,” she mentioned.

In Alberta, estimated hog manufacturing returns counsel producers skilled losses from mid-December 2022 to early June 2023. Prices, primarily feed prices, have proven enchancment since begin of 2023 and hog value will increase have resulted in optimistic returns over the summer season. The year-to-date (January to August 11, 2023) common value per hog with Olymel West 20 is $233.23 per head. Common year-to-date complete prices have been $238.27 per head.

“World hog provides are tightening because the US, Europe, and China are in varied phases of sow liquidation,” concluded Boyda. “World plant closures counsel that contraction could proceed and though pork demand was stronger in 2022, the declining shopper buy energy is placing strain on demand.”


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