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Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, October 25th 2017

Weekly Pork Export Sales were Awful, Down 51% From 4-Week Average   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday October 19, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash hogs continue to climb the wall of supply as packer margins are now starting to narrow rather significantly. Yesterday the cash was quoted on the late wire $1.50 higher.

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services., Upside Breakout in December Lean Hogs? October 17th 2017

Upside Breakout in December Lean Hogs?   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday October 17, 2017   LEAN HOGS I can’t find anything fancy to report in hogs after they staged a possible upside break out yesterday. Volume was not heavy at just 35,700. Open interest did almost nothing, up 270 cars. We did

Greg Wideman from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Service, AMR from Farm to Fork?: Is There A Smoking Gun?

Some stakeholders have indicated that the linkages between the use of antimicrobials in food producing animals and the exposure of humans to antimicrobial resistant organisms is well documented. On the other hand, the United States Department of Agriculture has stated that there is little scientific evidence that supports these linkages. This sort of cause and

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, October 16th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •This week’s market recap: Cash hogs are up $1.60 for the week. December lean hogs ended the week up $1.50 with weakness on Friday. The hog market saw strength this week despite another large slaughter run this week. Pork cutout ended the week unchanged and near

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

Single Biggest Difference between Low Cost and High Cost Producers, By: Matt Roberts, Associate Professor at Ohio State

Single Biggest Difference between Low Cost and High Cost Producers By: Matt Roberts, Associate Professor at Ohio State Hi, my name is Matt Roberts and I’m an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Ohio State. I am a grain marketing state specialist there, in addition to an independent consultant and speaker on

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

Clint Lichty from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Service, Clean Water: A Prerequisite for Pig Health

Dr. Susan Watkins works at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Watkins was invited to share her insights on water line sanitation during an AASV preconference seminar that focused on Raised Without Antibiotic production in pigs. This paper certainly had me thinking that in the pig industry we

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

Chip Whalen, CIH Hog Market Watch, September 2017, October 5th 2017

September Margins were steady to slightly weaker over the last half of September, as both hog prices and feed costs have moved sideways since the middle of the month. Margins remain depressed from a historical perspective, no better than average in deferred Q2, while well below average in spot Q4. USDA released their much-anticipated Quarterly

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