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Chris Hurt from Purdue University, Hog Price Prospects Strengthen, December 5th 2017

Source: by Chris Hurt Department of Agricultural Economics Purdue University Hog prices this fall have been stronger than anticipated. In early October, USDA analysts estimated that fourth quarter live prices would average $38 to $40 per hundredweight. Now it looks like the actual price will be $46 to $47. It is always enjoyable to exceed

Chip Whalen, CIH Hog Market Watch, November 20th 2017

Margins dropped sharply over the first half of November due to a selloff in hog futures as feed costs actually dropped over the past few weeks. Spot Q4 margins are now negative again, with below breakeven margins also projected through Q1 of 2018. Deferred margins in Q2 and Q3 also lost ground, though not as

See the Benefits of Cross-protection Against Swine Influenza By Micah L. Jansen, DVM, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis

By Micah L. Jansen, DVM, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis   Can you see swine influenza in your operation right away? Often, we can’t answer this question just by looking because clinical signs aren’t always visible, even when disease is present.1   It is easy to see how quickly this hidden challenge can get out of

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Pork – Game Changer, October 30th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics We were extremely happy this week, when we read the new proposed Standards for Grades of Pork Carcass from U.S.D.A. Why so happy? Finally, there is a proposed system that will properly recognise Pork taste and flavour attributes. The proposed system is based on marbling and colour.  

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, October 23rd 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Cash fed cattle down $1.25 for the week. Feeder cattle are steady to $5.00 lower for the week. On the futures side live cattle, the nearby contract is down $.75 while feeder cattle futures were down $2.00 for the week. Choice beef cutout was up $.82

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Hog Market shows Strength, October 16th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics This past week the US hog price moved up, each and every day, going from 54c to 58c lean for 53-54% hogs. The real strength shows when compared to last year. Last year the US marketed 2,305,000 hogs in this weekly time frame, and hogs 53-54% lean were

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, October 12th 2017

Large Volume Trade Noted Yesterday in Hog Puts   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday October 12, 2017   LEAN HOGS Nothing much to gleam from volume and open interest. Hog volume on the rally yesterday was moderate at 42,100 with open interest up 340. OI in Oct was down 1,100, up 1,100 in

Chris Hurt from the University of Purdue, Pork Industry’s Sustainable Expansion, October 10th 2017

The pork industry has been in expansion now for three years dating back to 2014 when the PED virus reduced pork supplies and sent hog prices to record highs. After an initial surge of breeding herd expansion of two to three percent three years ago, that expansion has been steady at between 1.2 and 1.5

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Relief Rally in Hogs a Hedging Opportunity, October 5 2017

LEAN HOGS It appears to be a quiet morning regarding news that may impact livestock trading. Compared to Tuesday’s super high volume rally affair, yesterday’s rally in hogs occurred on light volume reported at only 37,900 cars. Open interest increased by 634 with open interest declining by just over 2,000 in the soon to expire

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, New Record Slaughter Number, September 26 2017

LEAN HOGS Lean hogs staged outside day higher settlements yesterday in the first three contracts. Such a chart pattern may not want to be ignored. Certainly the supply side fundamentals remain/appear as bearish as ever. Yesterday’s kill was a new record at 460,000. Wow that’s scary but its confirmation of expanded capacity. There won’t be

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