Lower Canadian Dollar Cushions Blow of Lower World Hog Markets

CANADA - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada reports the lower Canadian dollar is helping cushion Canadian pork producers from reduced international pork prices resulting from higher supplies, writes Bruce Cochrane.
calendar icon 26 February 2016
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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada released its 2016 Canadian Agricultural Outlook last week.

Rodney Meyer, the Director of the Farm Economic Analysis Division, reports farm cash receipts in the cattle industry are expected to increase by 14 per cent in 2015 before declining slightly in 2016.

The hog sector is expected to experience a 20 per cent decline in farm cash receipts in 2015 as prices soften in response to larger world supplies, principally in the United States, and for 2016 we expect farm cash receipts for Canadian hog producers to drop by a further 1 per cent.

Rodney Meyer-Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada:

The hog industry benefited quite substantially over the last few years from lower supplies in the US caused by the PED virus.

Prices were very strong in 2014 so in 2015 we're seeing lower prices and lower farm cash receipts as higher supplies come online in the US and then another slight decline of about 1 per cent in 2016.

Feeding margins actually remain reasonably good.

We've got historical livestock to feed grain price ratios so what we're seeing in 2015 and 2016 is a livestock to feed grain price ratio that's a little bit lower than average but not abnormally low.

The dollar is having a very positive impact on the pork industry.

Prices in US dollars are down considerably more than in Canadian dollars so certainly the decline in the Canadian dollar is cushioning the impact of lower world prices.

Mr Meyer says producers in the US have largely recovered from the PEDV epidemic which significantly constrained supplies during 2013 and 2014.

He says breeding herds in the US have been rebuilt and we expect to see continued effects of larger US supplies over the next year.

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