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Klassen: Feeder cattle market under weight of imports

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded $5 lower to $2 higher. It’s that time of year when most feedlots are carrying sufficient numbers and buyers are hesitant to increase ownership unless they can see profitability. Auction market volumes contained weaned and unweaned calves over the past week; premiums returned for feeders […] Read more



Klassen: Challenging weather influencing feeder market

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were relatively unchanged; calves appeared to trade $3 lower to as much as $5 higher. Weather conditions have played a larger role in the price structure this fall. Major finishing feedlots continue to focus on preconditioned calves and have left the unweaned or unvaccinated feeders to the […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs rally on technical buying, rising pork prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. lean hog futures rose by as much as 3 percent on Tuesday on technical buying and short-covering, and as hopes for expanded pork exports to China more than offset pressure stemming from ample U.S. hog supplies, traders said. Rising pork prices and strong meatpacker margins gave the market further support […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures firm on strong cash market, rising beef prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures firmed on Friday, supported by strong cash feedlot cattle and beef prices and robust packer profit margins. The market posted a modest decline for the week after eight straight weeks of gains, but prices remain near six-month peaks reached after the two-month rally took futures up by […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures rise on hopes for Chinese pork import tariff rollback

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. lean hog futures closed mostly higher on Thursday on renewed hopes for accelerated U.S. pork sales to China after officials from both countries said an interim trade deal could include a phased rollback of tariffs. The hog market has been highly sensitive to any signs of easing trade tensions between […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Lean hog futures retreat as interim China trade deal delayed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. lean hog futures retreated on Wednesday, surrendering nearly all of the prior session’s strong gains on worries about U.S. pork exports to China after a senior White House official said a “phase one” trade deal with the world’s top pork consumer could be delayed. The delay followed news that Canada […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs jump in short-covering, technical bounce

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. lean hog futures rallied on Tuesday in a technical-buying and short-covering bounce from recent lows, underpinned by hopes for accelerated pork sales to China amid surging prices in the world’s largest pork-consuming country, analysts said. Pork prices have surged to record highs in China as African swine fever has decimated […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle climb to new six-month peak on rising cash market

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures scaled a six-month high on Monday, propelled by firming cash cattle and beef prices and strong packer margins, analysts said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) December live cattle settled up 0.550 cent at 120.075 cents per pound, its highest level since April 25. February futures gained 0.375 cent […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle set six-month high on fund buying, firm cash prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures shot to a six-month high on Friday and feeder cattle reached their highest prices since May on fund buying and strength in the cash market, analysts said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) December live cattle settled up 2.3 cents at 119.525 cents per pound after reaching 119.7 cents, […] Read more