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Mike Brumm Pork Economist, Slaughter Capacity and Exports, August 22 2017

  Weather in our region of the US continues to be cool and wet. I just reviewed the on-line data from the University of Minnesota Southern Outreach and Research Center at Waseca and rainfall since May 1 is above normal. Thanks to a warm June and early July growing degree units are still slightly above

Scott Brown of the University of Missouri, Weekly Livestock Market, August 22 2017

• Market recap – It’s been a volatile week in the livestock sector. Fed cattle ended the week $ 5 lower. Feeder cattle started the week $ 6 to $ 10 lower, but regained some strength towards the end of the week to finish slightly higher. Fed cattle futures closed $ 1.50 lower with a lot of volatility

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Livestock Markets, August 15 2017

    LEAN HOGS Cash came in mostly steady yesterday after being called lower. Aug hogs went off the board in quiet fashion at $84.45. The cutout was down .33 at $94.11. While the product has certainly been struggling of late, at the same time the cutout value has not cratered. Packer processing margins, in

Dennis Smith of Archer Financial Services, Rising Open Interest in Lean Hogs a Bullish Technical Sign, August 8 2017

    LEAN HOGS Monday saw an impressive rally in hog futures on volume of trade reported at 52,300 with open interest rising by over 3,500 cars. This surge in OI on the rise in prices confirms the bullish nature of the rally and tends to suggest it will hold. We’ve certainly been bullish and

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Hog Receipts Appeared to Be Very Light Yesterday, August 1, 2017

  LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices were lower yesterday but we noticed that receipts in the western hog belt came in extremely light. For example, the USDA reported only 433 negotiated pigs in IA/S. Minn compared to 4,187 last Monday. Is this really possible or will there be a revision? Regardless, the weekly kill is

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Market Report, August 1, 2017

•Market recap: Cash hogs ended the week down about $2.50. Pork cutout value down $2.65 for the week, despite continued higher belly prices. Brown says we are at or near all-time highs on belly prices. On the cattle side – cash fed cattle down $2 to $3 for the week with feeder cattle $3 to

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Cold Storage Confirmed Record Low Belly Stocks, July 25 2017

LEAN HOGS Cash was down .50 yesterday with more of the same in store for today. While the cutout was down .57 at $102.21 packer margins remain highly profitable. This week’s hog slaughter is projected to be 2.214 million, or unchanged from last week and up only 1% from last year. So going into the

Scott Brown from University of Missouri, Weekly Livestock Market Report, July 24 2017

  •This week in markets: Fed cattle ended the week down $1.50 for the week on light trading volume as buyers have been waiting for today’s Cattle on Feed report to be released. Feeder cattle steady to $5 higher for the week – with those heavy weight cattle stead to $3 lower. Feeder calves $4

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Pork Commentary, July 18 2017

LEAN HOGS Cash was down .50 yesterday with the cutout down .29. Futures bounced as the July went off the board. Aug hogs closed up 90 points. With cash called mixed for the rest of this week, look for a choppy trade in hogs. This market is in transition from tight supply and strong product prices

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Active Volume Sessions in Lean Hogs Continues, July 13, 2017

    Active Volume Sessions in Lean Hogs Continues   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday July 13, 2017   LEAN HOGS Three items stand out as I analyze the lean hog futures market these days. First, volume of futures trading has been very active at over 70,000 for several sessions. In addition, the volume in

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