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U.S. livestock: Cattle futures extend slide as corn prices charge higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures closed lower on Thursday for the 10th time in the last 11 sessions, pressured by fund-driven long liquidation and soaring corn prices that threaten cattle feeders’ profits, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange June live cattle futures settled down 1.4 cents at 115.85 cents/lb. (all figures US$). CME August […] Read more

CME June 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (pink, brown, red lines) and August 2021 feeder cattle (black line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle, hog futures sag on technical selling

Wholesale beef prices supportive

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures closed lower on Wednesday on lacklustre cash markets, soaring feed costs and technical selling, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange June live cattle futures settled down 1.95 cents at 117.25 cents/lb., with chart-based selling accelerating as the contract fell below its 100-day moving average near 117.65 cents (all figures […] Read more

Researchers have found more healthier piglets in a system which allows the piglets to roam and choose which sow they want to nurse.

Hog trends and innovations

Researchers are challenging some long-held assumptions of pig management

Reading Time: 3 minutes This looks like it will be a good summer to be a hog farmer, as an unexpected drop in sows in the United States is driving up hog prices. Other commodities have been rising in value over the past eight months and it looks like hog farmers will get some of that momentum. Why it […] Read more

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Klassen: Feeder cattle markets experience volatility

Beef prices encourage slaughter pace

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to the previous week, western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded $3-$4 on either side of week-ago levels. Prices were quite variable across the Prairies with four main factors influencing buyer sentiment. First, the eastern Prairie regions experienced adverse winter weather. Auction barns in Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan had smaller volumes on offer. Buyers shied […] Read more

CME June 2021 live cattle with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle bounce after eight-session skid

Lean hogs up on demand, cash prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Tuesday for the first time in nine sessions as brisk demand for beef and a rally in lean hog futures prompted a round of bargain-buying, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange June live cattle settled up 0.6 cent at 119.2 cents/lb., and August feeder cattle […] Read more


Screengrab from a 2019 video profiling a day in the life of an Agropur bulk milk grader. (Agropur Cooperative via YouTube)

Agropur to shed bulk milk handling in Quebec, Nova Scotia

Unnamed buyers to take over Quebec milk runs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy co-operative Agropur is stepping away from hauling farmers’ milk in two of the provinces where it does business. The Quebec company announced Monday it would sell its Quebec bulk milk hauling business to unnamed “companies whose core business is transporting liquid food products,” and would also halt its milk transport work in Nova Scotia. […] Read more

Limiting the amount of time a cow is in headlocks, so they can spend time lying or eating has an effect on milk production and cow health.

Just let them be cows

Cow comfort has evolved to include natural behaviours

Reading Time: 3 minutes Less time standing on concrete, less time in headlock gates, less stress and more time expressing natural instincts are the modern-day keys to what is an evolving understanding of cow comfort for dairy cattle. “Let them eat without stress, let them rest without stress, and let them calve without stress,” said world-recognized cow behaviour specialist […] Read more

CME June 2021 live cattle with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures extend slide

CME lean hogs rebound

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — CME Group live cattle futures fell on Monday, extending their slide to eight straight sessions on long liquidation and signs that surging wholesale beef prices may have reached a seasonal top, analysts said. Feeder cattle futures felt additional pressure from a jump in Chicago Board of Trade corn futures, a sign […] Read more


A rendering of what a new pork research barn at the University of Guelph’s Elora Research Station could look like.

Pork research barn nears building stage

Ontario Pork board approves funds to add five observation rooms to design

Reading Time: 3 minutes Construction of the new Ontario Swine Research Centre (OSRC) is about to begin. “This is another major step forward in our industry’s commitment to innovation,” said John de Bruyn, Ontario Pork’s new chair at the organization’s annual meeting.  “Investment in this new research facility will help maintain the competitiveness of our Ontario pork industry.” Why […] Read more

CME August 2021 feeder cattle with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle, hogs down on demand concerns

'We got a little bit ahead of ourselves'

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — CME Group hog futures fell sharply for the second day in a row on Friday, with the most-active June contract sinking 2.9 per cent to its lowest since March 23. Cattle futures also were weaker, with the June live cattle contract notching its seventh straight losing session. The market was correcting […] Read more