Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc. email@example.com
Thanksgiving – A Good Week for Family
Not So Good for Hog Markets
November 30, 2015
This past week was Thanksgiving and a time for family and reflection of the past and future. My 13-year-old son Aidan and I went to the Thanksgiving football game of the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. It was nice family time. An American tradition. It also was next to a miracle with the Detroit Lions winning 45 – 14. About 70,000 Detroit attendees were a very happy bunch! We doubt the Pilgrims would have envisioned the spectacle of football when the first Thanksgiving was held on Plymouth Rock.
Hog MarketsThanksgiving week also brought us the lowest lean hog prices for in the last six years with lean hogs just over 51¢ per pound. Thanksgiving week is always hard for swine producers as the short marketing week and seasonal supply takes pressure off packers to keep shackles full. Thanksgiving for hog producers generally means a lot of work for little or no profit. USDA Carcass Cut – out was 72¢ last week with hogs in low 50’s, packers are doing well with our farmer arithmetic coming up with $40 gross margin. Not sure, it can get any better for packers. The benefit for producers is the profitability and optimism for the future of the hog industry is leading to the construction of two new packing plants one in Coldwater Michigan by the Clemens Food Group (10,000+ per day) and Triumph Foods in Sioux City Iowa (16,000+ per day). Recently Dan Groff spoke in Ontario – he is the Director of Business Development for Country View Farms, the Hog Production and Procurement Company for the Clemens Food Group. He is responsible for the Clemens Food Group Hog Procurement as well as Hog supply growth, logistics, feed and nutrition for the company’s 57,000 sows. Clemens currently has a 1.2 million square foot processing facility in Hatfield Pennsylvania and 100,000 square feet further processing facility in Emmaus. Clemens is currently producing 2 million pounds of pork daily. It was very interesting for Ontario – Canadian hog producers as the new Clemens plant in Coldwater Michigan would be the closest US facility to Canada. Mr. Groff spoke of the Clemens reasons for the plant:
- Several years of record profits
- Pork continues to be the favoured protein around the world
- Growth of value added sales over the last 18 months have exceeded the previous 18 years
- Additional hog supply is needed for continued future growth – limited potential to greatly expand hog supply in the US North-East.
- New plant is good for producers.
- New plant not good for other packers as they will be chasing supply.
- Good for Ontario producers as they will have all Eastern Corn Belt packers chasing their hogs as soon as COOL is done.
- Plant not open before fall 2017.
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