U.S. livestock: Lean hogs lower on China tensions

CME live cattle futures mostly higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures dropped by as much as the daily trading limit on Thursday on worries that rising tensions between Washington and Beijing could limit U.S. pork purchases by China, the world’s largest pork consumer. Sino-U.S. relations have worsened as the White House has threatened China with sanctions over its […] Read more

Klassen: Feeder cattle markets reflect mixed tone

U.S. corn offered into southern Alberta

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to the previous week, western Canadian yearling prices were $2-$4 higher on average while calves traded unchanged to as much as $8 lower. Larger feedlot operations were actively bidding for 800-plus-lb. feeders across the Prairies due to the limited supply. Lower volumes were available this past week which was supportive for the market. Southern […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle rise on economic optimism, discount to cash prices

U.S.-China tensions keep hogs in check

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures rallied for a second straight day on Wednesday as easing coronavirus restrictions around the country bolstered optimism about the outlook for the economy and beef demand. U.S. stocks rose, with the S+P 500 closing above 3,000 for the first time since March 5, as further easing of lockdowns […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle, hog futures follow equities higher

August feeder cattle close limit-up

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle and hog futures rallied on Tuesday in tandem with rising stock markets as optimism about developing coronavirus vaccines and the revival of business activity buoyed livestock markets battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Supportive cattle and meat supply data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture late last week showing accelerated […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live and feeder cattle futures slip

Thursday's cold storage data seen as disappointing

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live and feeder cattle futures closed lower on Friday after disappointing cold storage data the previous day and ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s cattle on feed report in the afternoon. Lean hog futures also dropped, as backups continue at slaughter facilities, traders said. The nearby CME live cattle […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Hogs, live cattle gain against cash markets

Cold storage meat supplies down slightly, USDA says

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live hog futures gained on Thursday on short-covering as contracts strengthened against cash markets, traders said. CME live cattle futures firmed, while feeder cattle dipped ahead of Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture cattle on feed report. The nearby CME June lean hogs gained 2.475 cents, to 59.35 cents/lb., while the […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures slip as slaughter rises

CME lean hog futures firm

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures fell on Wednesday, as cattle continue to back up, despite slaughter plants’ coming back online, traders said. CME lean hog futures firmed despite rising kill numbers, as social distancing rules in plants keep slaughter below normal rates. The nearby CME June live cattle futures contract settled down […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures fall

Live cattle futures firm while slaughter numbers rise

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. hog futures fell on Tuesday, pressured by an increase in daily slaughter totals as pork plants come back online, traders said. CME live cattle futures firmed despite rising kill numbers, with the most-actively traded contract passing through a key technical benchmark. The nearby CME June live cattle futures contract settled […] Read more


Klassen: Feeder market jumps on renewed optimism

Weekly slaughter pace improving

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian feeder cattle over 800 lbs. traded $8-$10 higher while lighter weight categories were up $4 to as much as $12 in some cases. Feeder cattle under 800 lbs. were very well bid across the Prairies; feeder cattle under 700 lbs. are now trading at prices similar to late February, […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle book third day of gains

CME to change cattle futures trading rules

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures rose for the third day in a row on Monday, hitting their highest since April 1, with ongoing strength in the cash markets leading the way higher, traders said. Hog contracts were lower, with the front-month contract sinking to its lowest since April 29. The nearby CME […] Read more