A Comparison Of Risk And Return For Contract And Independent Hog Finishing
Kansas State University Swine Research. Risks associated with independent hog finishing have prompted producers to seek alternative production and marketing methods. A means of reducing risk has developed through contract hog finishing. Research results indicate that risk-neutral producers require contract base payments ranging from $11.25 to $14.00 per head. Strongly riskaverse producers require contract base payments ranging from $4.75 to $7.75 per head. The lower ends of the ranges are for a contract with performance incentives. The upper ends of the ranges are for a flat contract without performance incentives. Calculated required base payments are similar to those payments currently received by contract hog finishers.