U.S. livestock: Cattle futures slip as feed grain prices soar

Firm cash prices support CME hogs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures retreated on Wednesday after the December contract hit its highest price in more than a month, while feeder cattle futures slumped as prices surged for grain used as animal feed. The rally in U.S. grain futures prices hung over cattle markets because livestock producers will be more […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn, soy, wheat futures surge on lower-than-expected stocks

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade grain and soybean futures soared on Wednesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture surprised traders by reporting crop inventories that were smaller than expected. Supply levels have declined after China, the world’s top soybean importer, stepped up its purchases of U.S. farm goods this summer. Corn supplies […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs climb on bullish pork export prospects

Live cattle continue following hogs higher

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures closed higher on Friday for a second session on expectations of increased export demand for U.S. pork after rival supplier Germany confirmed a case of African swine fever in a wild boar. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) October lean hog futures settled up 2.2 cents at 66.575 cents/lb. […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soy rallies on expectations for higher exports

U.S. yield estimates may decline more, analysts say

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures on Friday rallied to their highest since June 2018 as traders projected an increase in the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast for exports with a further cut in domestic production. Corn futures reached a six-month high, while wheat futures fell to a two-week low. USDA, […] Read more

U.S. rolls back inspection rules for egg products

New rule to affect 83 U.S. facilities

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will stop requiring U.S. plants that produce egg products to have full-time government inspectors, in the first update of inspection methods in 50 years. Under a new rule that takes effect immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow companies such as Cargill and Sonstegard […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Hog futures hit four-month high on export hopes

Post-Labour Day beef demand in doubt

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Strong export demand for U.S. pork pushed Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures to a four-month high on Friday. Traders are optimistic China, the world’s biggest pork consumer, will remain a strong buyer, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported strong weekly export sales on Thursday. Chinese importers have been bringing […] Read more

U.S. grains: Chinese buying, crop doubts push soy to two-year high

CBOT corn recoups some losses from previous day

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Increasing Chinese demand lifted U.S. soybean futures to their highest prices in more than two years on Friday, while corn futures rose on concerns about U.S. crop damage from adverse weather. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said private exporters sold 318,000 tonnes of U.S. soybeans to China and 175,000 tonnes of […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans climb on increased Chinese demand

Egypt buys Russian wheat in tender; traders await USDA crop reports next week

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chinese buying pushed U.S. soybean futures to their highest prices in more than two years on Thursday, while corn and wheat futures slumped. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed private exporters sold 132,000 tonnes of U.S. soybeans to China and another 318,000 tonnes to unknown destinations, all for delivery in the […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Hogs hit four-month high on strong export sales

CME cattle lower on demand uncertainty

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S lean hog futures jumped to a four-month high on Thursday on strong export demand and short covering, while cattle futures weakened. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported net U.S. pork export sales of 53,646 tonnes for the week ended Aug. 27, up 36 per cent from the previous week. China, […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soy futures jump on reported China purchases

CBOT wheat futures retreat after setting five-month top

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures advanced on Wednesday as traders said China bought U.S. cargoes, while wheat futures retreated on profit-taking a day after climbing to a five-month high. Chinese state-owned firms bought at least eight bulk shipments of U.S. soybeans, or at least 480,000 tonnes, for shipment in December […] Read more