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Hog producers lose money, request changes to risk management

Canadian Pork Council takes different approach to extract government funds

Reading Time: 4 minutes What was looking like a profitable year for Ontario pork producers has turned into a wreck. That’s prompted the Canadian Pork Council to come up with a hybrid proposal to fix income supports under AgriStability in a desperate bid to help the sector navigate the market chaos created by COVID-19. While most of the industry’s […] Read more

A worker checks the temperature of a passenger arriving into Hong Kong International Airport with an infrared thermometer on Feb. 7, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Hannah McKay)

Coronavirus disrupts China meat imports, food supplies

Swine fever has created pork shortage

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Coronavirus is disrupting meat shipments to China as the country faces a shortage due to an outbreak of a fatal pig disease, Tyson Foods Inc and U.S. agricultural groups said on Thursday. An outbreak of African swine fever, which infects only pigs, has decimated China’s herd, pushing Chinese pork prices to […] Read more

CME June 2019 live cattle with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle end mixed, June sets new high

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters –– U.S. live cattle futures finished mixed after touching a new contract high on Thursday, as concerns about cold weather tightening supplies underpinned prices. Forecasts for more cold, snowy weather in the middle of the country kept traders on edge after recent storms slowed transportation and weight gain in herds. Cattle typically […] Read more

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Maple Leaf profit misses estimates on weak pork prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Packaged meat producer Maple Leaf Foods missed analysts’ estimates for quarterly profit on Thursday, as weak pork prices offset growth in its prepared meats business. Pork prices have taken a beating from the Sino-U.S. trade war, with China’s retaliatory tariffs affecting demand from the South Asian country, which is the world’s biggest pork […] Read more

CME April 2019 live cattle with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle set contract highs on winter weather

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures jumped to contract highs on Tuesday as traders worried about snow and cold temperatures slowing shipments of livestock to processing plants. Lean hog futures also rose in a turnaround from a slide to contract lows last week. Traders focused on the wintry weather as forecasters predicted more […] Read more