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Large Slaughter, Weak Bellies Dragging Cutout/Hogs Lower

Hog slaughter was near 2.7 million head last week as producers sought to schedule hogs that were backed up due to winter storms and holidays. Slaughter is expected to be lower this coming week, in part because some plants will be dark on Monday for MLK holiday.

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Ask the Experts: Pork Markets

You asked. They answered. A panel of economists answers pork producers’ questions about pork markets and the December USDA Hogs and Pigs Report.

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Inventory Survey Points to Tight Supply Near Term, Modest Increase in Summer/Fall

USDA hog inventory survey suggests that hog slaughter will be down 2% y/y through May, but then increase about 1% to 1.5% for the summer months. The increase in the breeding herd and more pigs per litter should increase supplies in the second half of 2023.

Grant: Advancing U.S. Pork Sustainability and Market Value

$20 million grant available to Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri pork producers to advance climate-smart agriculture practices.

Real Pork
2022 Year in Review

A message from Heather Hill, NPB board president — As we close out 2022, I am filled with optimism and confidence in the future of our industry.

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Wholesale Pork Prices Lower on Seasonal Effects, High Slaughter

Slaughter is at annual highs, while retail demand for fresh pork has yet to kick in. Ham prices have eased as Christmas orders have been filled.

Sustainability in the Pork Industry: What’s Coming and Why Pork Producers Need to be Ready

Sustainability isn’t a buzzword that is going away. There are more global factors than ever that continue to put pressure on pork and food producers.

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Short Holiday Week Drives Volatility but Hog Supply Picture Remains Tight for Now

Slaughter numbers should be near the highest levels for the year and will be at least 100k head/week lower in Jan/Feb. This should bolster prices for some fresh pork items, such as loins and butts.

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Supply Picture Remains Tight, With Demand a Wild Card After the Holiday Season

Tight supply remains despite packers ramping up slaughter ahead of the upcoming holidays.

Real Pork
Real Pork Gets Real Results

Real Pork is the industry’s trust and image brand — it's how we differentiate pork from alternatives. NPB has promoted Real Pork in three key areas this year.

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Fresh Pork Prices Drift Lower as Ample Chicken Supply Offsets Pork/Beef Decline

Fresh pork prices continue to be pressured lower due to increased competition from chicken breasts at retail and seasonal decline in demand.

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Pork Organizations Launch New Immersion Program for Future Industry Leaders

NPPC, NPB and state organizations launched the Pork Industry Leadership Development Program for early career development.

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