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Creating Long-Term Demand for Pork in a Surprising Way

It's Pork Month so, no surprise, we're celebrating! What IS surprising to many people is how good pork is for you, for your family and for the planet.

Profit Maximizer
Breeding Herd Expected To Be Down, Keep Supply Growth In Check.

Hog inventory report to be released 9/28 is expected to show breeding herd down 1.5% to 2% vs. year ago. The reduction may be offset by continued productivity gains but overall supply for next year is expected to be about the same as it was in 2023.

Profit Maximizer
Holiday Shortened Week Supports Product Markets…For Now

Hog slaughter last week was less than expected, in part because heat and big slaughter before Labor Day resulted in tight spot hog supply. Slaughter may remain below year ago levels next week but eventually it is expected to jump over 2.5m head later in the month and into October.

FAD Prevention & Preparedness
Not Your Father’s FAD Prep: How to Keep Up with Advancements

How pork producers can enhance their preparation and prevention strategies to combat foreign animal diseases.

Pork Checkoff News
Nurturing Leaders: Pork Industry Immersion Program Concludes Phase One

Seth Mitchell makes his debut as the first future leader of the Pork Industry Immersion Program at NPB.

Profit Maximizer
Lower Belly Prices, Cutout Set The Stage For Fall Market

Belly prices collapsed late in the week, dropping almost 35% from the previous week. A big part of this was the big increase in slaughter but also higher prices at retail and seasonal decline in demand.

Real Pork
Investing in Real Solutions for Current Challenges 

NPB is strategically reallocating Pork Checkoff funds into domestic and international market growth initiatives.

Profit Maximizer
Higher Production And Yet Less Domestic Supply

USDA currently forecasts per capita domestic supply of pork available down 2.9% from a year ago and at almost the same level in 2024. These are the lowest in a decade.

Pork Checkoff News
Remembering Kara — The Visionary Who Revolutionized Pork’s Approach to Health and Wellness

In loving memory of Kara Behlke Ungerman, NPB's Vice President of Nutrition, Health and Wellness Transformation. January 18, 1983 - August 4, 2023.

Pork Checkoff News
High on the Hog – Elevating the Loin and Regaining Value

NPB has assembled a task force to bring more value to the pork loin to make it more competitive with other pork cuts and other proteins.

Profit Maximizer
Ham And Belly Price Gains Underpin Cutout

Wholesale pork prices continue to move higher as some buyers have been caught short. Much of the recent increase in price is due to higher belly prices but loin and ham prices have seen a notable seasonal increase.

Profit Maximizer
Tight Supply, Short Bought Buyers Cause Runup In Processing Pork Products

For those who had forgotten about seasonality in pork prices, the last few weeks have been a good reminder. Pork supplies declined in Jun/July and early August due to a combination of lower slaughter and lower carcass weights. We estimate that since early May pork supplies are down 9%.

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