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Klassen: Strong demand drives yearlings higher

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling markets traded $2-$3 higher, with quality packages advancing $4-$6. Feedlot operators shrugged off the weaker live cattle futures as feed grain prices came under pressure. Cattle brokers were carrying a full deck of orders, which allowed for limited slippage. Feedlots are anxious to secure ownership early in the […] Read more

Manitoba Beef Producers president steps down

The race to become the federal Conservatives’ candidate in Dauphin has claimed a second Manitoba farm leader. Dauphin-area rancher Ben Fox, president of Manitoba Beef Producers and the District 13 representative on the group’s board, announced Tuesday he had resigned as MBP president to seek a “federal party nomination.” MBP didn’t say which nomination Fox […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures fall to new contract lows on heavy supplies

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures tumbled about 3 percent to fresh life-of-contract lows on Wednesday as cash hog and pork prices extended declines amid abundant supplies and worries of sagging demand, traders said. Most active October lean hog futures fell 1.575 cents to 48.400 cents per pound while front-month August […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Feeder cattle fall on technical selling; hogs mostly lower

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. cattle futures fell on Tuesday, with feeder cattle easing about 2 percent on pressure from technical selling and abundant supplies, traders and analysts said. Lean hog futures also were mostly lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, weighed down by declining prices for hogs in cash markets and lower wholesale pork […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures rise on better beef packer demand

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose sharply on Friday, lifted by better demand from beef packers who were bidding more aggressively to buy steers in cash markets, traders and analysts said. Technical buying also supported cattle futures, which broke out of a relatively narrow trade that had defined the market […] Read more

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

U.S. livestock: Feeder cattle jump as corn costs decline; hogs extend losses

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. cattle futures jumped over 1 percent on Wednesday, with feeder cattle prices leading the way higher after corn futures fell, traders and analysts said. Feed costs are a top expense for fattening cattle and Chicago Mercantile Exchange feeder cattle surged as corn futures turned lower from a roughly 1-1/2 month […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures tumble with pork belly prices, despite China hopes

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures fell sharply on Tuesday, weighed down by ample supplies and tumbling prices for pork bellies that are used for bacon, traders said. Front-month August lean hogs fell 2.175 cents to 61.125 cents per pound, dropping to a life-of-contract low for the fourth consecutive session. Most-active […] Read more