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U.S. livestock: Lower cash, pork prices send CME hog futures lower

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange hogs closed lower for a third straight day on Thursday, posting new lows for the contract, following downward-trending prices for market-ready, or cash hogs and wholesale pork values, traders said. Plentiful hog supplies and some plants shutting down temporarily to perform routine maintenance, which is typical this time […] Read more

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U.S. meat groups fear for market growth with China beef tariff hike

Chicago | Reuters — China’s proposal on Wednesday for tariffs on U.S. beef confirmed the worst-case scenario for the U.S. cattle industry, trade groups said Wednesday, even as they remained hopeful the dispute could be resolved quickly. China listed U.S. goods from soybeans to beef that could potentially incur a 25 per cent import tariff […] Read more

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U.S. March hog herd hits record high

Chicago | Reuters — The number of hogs on U.S. farms in the December-February quarter was up 3.1 per cent from the same period a year ago, a record high for the quarter, according to Thursday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. Farmers added extra pigs, encouraged by less-costly feed during that period and the […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle limit up on fund buying

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Thursday touched a three-month top, spurred by short-covering and fund buying, said traders. April closed up its three-cent-per-pound daily price limit (all figures US$). Investors bought that contract and simultaneously sold February. The limit will expand to 4.5 cents on Friday. February live cattle […] Read more

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Drought lands more cattle into U.S. feedlots than expected

Chicago | Reuters — Ranchers sent nearly one per cent more cattle to U.S. feedlots in December than the same time a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on Friday. The result topped most analysts’ predictions, mainly led by worsening drought in the U.S. southern Plains that shriveled available winter wheat grazing pasture. […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: Beef quotes send CME live cattle higher

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday gained after triggering buy stops, spurred by the morning’s wholesale beef price rebound, traders said. Firmer wholesale beef values stirred bull spreads, in which traders bought February futures and simultaneously sold deferred months. February live cattle finished 1.175 cents/lb. higher at 124.725 cents […] Read more