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Klassen: Strong demand underpins yearlings

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, yearlings traded steady to $4 higher on average; calves traded $2-$4 lower, although light volumes made the market hard to define. All eyes were on feeder cattle futures, which closed up nearly $4 for the week. This set the direction in Western Canada. Auction barns in Manitoba and Saskatchewan remain in […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Cattle futures extend winning streak

Big supplies hinder hog market

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures firmed on Monday, with fund buying sparking the gains due to expected strength in the cash markets, traders said. “The trade continues to feel that the cash market has bottomed,” said Don Roose of U.S. Commodities. “It continues to feel that the cash market will trade from […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures close higher on strong export data

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Thursday for a third straight day, buoyed by strong weekly beef export sales and signs of firming cash cattle prices, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) August live cattle futures settled up 0.275 cent at 101.725 cents per pound while most-active October rose 0.700 […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures close higher; lean hogs decline

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Wednesday for a second session on firm cash cattle prices and a softer dollar, traders said. Cash cattle traded in the Texas Panhandle and Kansas at $97 per cwt, mostly $1 higher than last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a daily note. A […] Read more

Alberta loosens animal slaughter rules after pandemic hit packers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters – Canada’s main cattle-producing province, Alberta, said on Wednesday it would allow the slaughter of animals on farms for meat sales to consumers, loosening regulations after the coronavirus pandemic interrupted production at its biggest packing plants. Alberta previously restricted the consumption of meat from animals slaughtered outside of government-inspected plants to farmers and their […] Read more


Argentina nears China hog deal it hopes could turbocharge local pork production

Reading Time: 2 minutes Buenos Aires | Beijing | Reuters – Argentina is nearing an initial agreement with China that could pave for the way for potential investments by the Asian giant in local pork production for export, Argentina’s undersecretary of trade and investment promotion told Reuters. That could eventually lead to Chinese-backed hog farms in the South American […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures firm on expectations of firm cash

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures rose on Tuesday, supported by expectations of higher prices this week in the cash market for slaughter-ready cattle, traders said. “Cash could be steady to $1 to $2 (per cwt) better this week. Some of the show lists are smaller than last week, and that has (led […] Read more



U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures retreat on supply concerns

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures opened firm on Monday but retreated from session highs on technical selling and lingering concerns about cattle supply backups in the wake of recent packing plant closures due to coronavirus infections among workers. Prices climbed at Monday’s open in reaction to Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cattle on […] Read more