Farmer's Report

Pork TRENDS - April 19, 2024

Pork market information is from the week ending April 12, 2024.

The USDA reported a weekly hog harvest of 2.485 MM hogs last week. This level is roughly 2-3% higher than the prior week. Total year-to-date harvest is up 0.7% compared to last year.


Both bone-in and boneless loins moved higher. Supply continues to be adequate, while demand is steady and improving, according to analysts. Historically, the loin markets begin to slowly move higher as the weather becomes warmer and seasonal demand increases.


The pork tenderloin market moved up. This market has increased fairly consistently since November, but has been a bit volatile this spring, according to analysts. Historically, the tenderloin market moves higher between April and June as summertime demand increases.


The bone-in pork butt market increased. Demand is steady and supply is fair, according to analysts. Historically, pork butts continue to increase through spring, and while there has usually been some softness during April, that has not happened yet this year.


Backribs and St. Louis-style spareribs increased, while whole spareribs decreased. Supply is fair, while demand remains steady, following historical patterns for this time of year. Packers continue to convert ribs and reserve product for forward bookings, which analysts expect will move the market higher. Historically, there can be limited declines in the rib markets during April, as packers meet booking quotas and forward demand eases, according to analysts.


The pork belly market increased. Historically, the belly market holds relatively steady heading into spring, then moves slightly higher going into summer.


The ham markets posted another round of strong increases. Historically, movement in the ham markets ramps back up after Easter. Export demand for hams remains strong, possibly for Cinco de Mayo, according to analysts.


Both the 42% fat and 72% lean trimmings markets increased. Historically, the trimming markets move higher at this time of year on prospects of increasing current and forward seasonal demand, according to analysts.


Bone-in picnics decreased slightly, while boneless increased. Traditionally, the bone-in picnic market will ebb and flow higher throughout the year. Meanwhile, boneless picnics tend to soften following Easter, but then pivot consistently higher, due to increasing, seasonal processor demand.

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