U.S. pork exports have jumped as hog processors vie for business in China where African swine fever has devastated hog herds. Though not harmful to humans, the disease is deadly to pigs and there is no vaccine available

African swine fever outbreak cuts Vietnam hog herd by 20 per cent

Larger operators indicate the disease’s spread has slowed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – African swine fever has killed off about 20 per cent of Vietnam’s hog herd, and it is not clear whether the outbreak has been contained, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Ted McKinney said October 18. There were some reports that the number might be higher, said McKinney, who spoke to reporters […] 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

U.S. grains: Soybeans firm on China soy purchase, corn falls on uncertain U.S. harvest

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. soybeans futures firmed on Friday on news of another Chinese purchase of U.S. oilseeds and renewed hopes of progress in talks to resolve the trade war that has dramatically cut U.S. soybean exports to China. Wheat futures were stubbornly rangebound thanks to a weakening dollar. Corn prices stuttered as the […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live hogs slump on U.S.-China trade uncertainty, cattle continue rally

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live hog futures slid on Tuesday amid conflicting news about U.S.-China trade talks next month, traders said, while cattle futures continued to rally on funds’ adding to their positions. So far, beef demand is showing no sign of waning, according to federal government data. The wholesale choice beef cutout price […] Read more


U.S. grains: Corn, soybeans mixed on harvest progress, weather uncertainty

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – Chicago corn and soybean futures were mixed on Tuesday as an advancing U.S. harvest curbed price gains while traders awaited further developments in U.S.-Chinese trade negotiations. Wheat edged higher for most of the session, with support from an Egyptian import tender that put the focus back on global demand and rising […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle continue to rally on strong cash prices, fund buying

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures extended their rally on Monday, lifted by strong cash cattle and beef prices, and funds continuing to add to their positions, traders said. The wholesale choice beef price hit $227.51 per cwt on Monday, up $2.07, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said. The wholesale select beef prices rose […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans bounce off two-week low on U.S.-China trade hopes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. soybean futures inched up on Monday, rising off a two-week low touched on Friday on hopes for progress in trade talks between Washington and Beijing to settle a conflict that has heavily reduced U.S. agricultural exports to China. Meanwhile, corn and wheat futures slipped on expectations a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) […] Read more