This report reflects U.S. pork packer processing margins. The margin indices are calculated using current cash hog or carcass values and wholesale pork cutout values and may not reflect actual margins at the plants. These estimates reflect the general health of the industry and are not meant to be indicative of any particular company or plant. Source: USDA, based on Wall Street Journal calculations All figures are on a per-head basis. Date Standard Margin Estimated margin Operating Index at vertically integrated operations * Aug 9 +$22.49 +$ 20.91 Aug 8 +$23.61 +$ 23.01 Aug 5 +$22.23 +$ 22.73 * Based on Iowa State University's latest estimated cost of production. A positive number indicates a processing margin above the cost of production of the animals. Write to Linda Rice at csstat[a]dowjones.com Stock Market Quotes, Business News, Financial News from http://commodity-market-news.com
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