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Livestock News and Commentary

Thu, Jun 24th, 2021
Cattle Climb Back for Close

Live cattle futures ended the Thursday session mostly higher. August fats stayed 25 cents in the red by the close, though the other nearbys rallied for 10 to 47 cent gains. June futures ended the session...

LEM21 : 122.825s (+0.27%)
LEV21 : 128.275 (+0.08%)
GFQ21 : 157.150 (+0.93%)
GFU21 : 159.200 (+0.71%)
Lean Hogs Closed Lower

July hogs closed with an expanded limit loss, and August’s $2.05 loss pushed the contract back below $100. The other nearbys were firmer, closing within 65 cents of UNCH. USDA’s National Average...

HEN21 : 100.025 (-4.31%)
HEV21 : 83.200 (-0.78%)
KMN21 : 107.000 (-3.86%)
Shootin' the Bull

Since the financial crisis of '08, the United States government, with all of its resources, cranked up the printing presses and poured trillions of dollars into the economy, pumping it full of liquidity...

Can a Farm Bill Discriminate?

A Florida-based federal judge just blocked the Biden administration's stimulus aid plan to help “socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers,” over concerns that the plan is discriminatory against...

Cattle Complex in Red at Midday

Front month live cattle futures are trading mixed to mostly lower, with losses of 12 to 62 cents. Dec and Feb are 2 to 27 cents in the black for midday. USDA mentioned higher grading cattle sold for $124-$126...

LEM21 : 122.825s (+0.27%)
LEV21 : 128.275 (+0.08%)
GFQ21 : 157.150 (+0.93%)
GFU21 : 159.200 (+0.71%)
Hogs In Red at Midday

Adding to the limit losses on Wednesday, lean hog futures are 7 cents to $3.92 in the red at midday. The deferred contracts are bouncing with gains of 15 to 25 cents so far. USDA’s National Average...

HEN21 : 100.025 (-4.31%)
HEV21 : 83.200 (-0.78%)
KMN21 : 107.000 (-3.86%)
Cattle Futures Give Back Premium to Cash Trade

Live cattle futures ended the Wednesday session 20 to 87 cents weaker in the front months. Feb contracts gave back $1.17 on the day. USDA mentioned higher grading cattle sold for $124-$126 on Wednesday...

LEM21 : 122.825s (+0.27%)
LEV21 : 128.275 (+0.08%)
GFQ21 : 157.150 (+0.93%)
GFU21 : 159.200 (+0.71%)
Hogs Extend Decline into Today's USDA Hogs & Pigs Report

August hogs bounced back from the limit loss to close $2.97 lower, July on the other hand stayed lock limit down. The other nearby contracts closed $0.97 to $1.55 in the red. USDA’s National Average...

HEN21 : 100.025 (-4.31%)
HEV21 : 83.200 (-0.78%)
KMN21 : 107.000 (-3.86%)
Lean Hogs Drop Triple Digits

August hogs bounced back from the limit loss to close $2.97 lower, July on the other hand stayed lock limit down. The other nearby contracts closed $0.97 to $1.55 in the red. USDA’s National Average...

HEN21 : 100.025 (-4.31%)
HEV21 : 83.200 (-0.78%)
KMN21 : 107.000 (-3.86%)
Cattle Close in Red

Live cattle futures ended the Wednesday session 20 to 87 cents weaker in the front months. Feb contracts gave back $1.17 on the day. The FCE online auction was very quiet this morning with just 1 KS sale...

LEM21 : 122.825s (+0.27%)
LEV21 : 128.275 (+0.08%)
GFQ21 : 157.150 (+0.93%)
GFU21 : 159.200 (+0.71%)
Livestock Report

Hogs crash and cattle markets lower

Shootin' the Bull

More confusion than clarity from today's trade.

Hogs Lock Limit Lower

Front month lean hog futures are trading in the red after the Turnaround Tuesday bounce. July and August are limited at the $3 loss, while the deferred contracts are $1.45 to $2.10 weaker.  USDA’s National...

HEN21 : 100.025 (-4.31%)
HEV21 : 83.200 (-0.78%)
KMN21 : 107.000 (-3.86%)
Midweek Cattle Trading Lower

Cattle futures are in the red through midday. Losses in Feb fats are the strongest so far, with Feb $1.17 weaker to $133.97. The other nearbys are down 12 to 55 cents. The FCE online auction was very quiet...

LEM21 : 122.825s (+0.27%)
LEV21 : 128.275 (+0.08%)
GFQ21 : 157.150 (+0.93%)
GFU21 : 159.200 (+0.71%)
Hog Futures Mixed, Surplus Pork Stocks Still Tight

Futures closed mixed on Tuesday. USDA’s National Average Base Hog price was $4.47 higher this afternoon to $128.04. The CME Lean Hog Index for 6/18 was $120.68 after a $0.25 bounce.   Ahead of Thursday’s...

HEN21 : 100.025 (-4.31%)
HEV21 : 83.200 (-0.78%)
KMN21 : 107.000 (-3.86%)
Cattle Futures Up Sharply to Converge With Cash

Fat cattle futures closed Tuesday with triple digit gains. The front month futures were $1.72 to $2.15 stronger pushing June to $123.10. There were a few $120 sales reported in TX. USDA confirmed some...

LEM21 : 122.825s (+0.27%)
LEV21 : 128.275 (+0.08%)
GFQ21 : 157.150 (+0.93%)
GFU21 : 159.200 (+0.71%)
Shootin' the Bull

Fundamentals are stacked, forming a wall of worry to cattle feeders.  Today, traders strapped on the old mountain climbing gear and excepted the challenge. 

Cattle Gain on Tuesday

Fat cattle futures closed with triple digit gains, capturing the feed cost weakness. The front month futures were $1.72 to $2.15 stronger pushing June to $123.10. There were a few $120 sales reported in...

LEM21 : 122.825s (+0.27%)
LEV21 : 128.275 (+0.08%)
GFQ21 : 157.150 (+0.93%)
GFU21 : 159.200 (+0.71%)
Hogs Close Mostly Higher

The expanded limits were not needed for the Turnaround Tuesday session in lean hogs. Futures faded back from gains to close mixed within 65 cents. Dalian Live Hog Prices continued weaker on Monday, with...

HEN21 : 100.025 (-4.31%)
HEV21 : 83.200 (-0.78%)
KMN21 : 107.000 (-3.86%)
Hogs Recovering So Far

Turnaround Tuesday trading has the hog market bouncing back with triple digit gains through midday. July and August contracts are still above $100, despite dropping $17+ from the high on June 4th. USDA’s...

HEN21 : 100.025 (-4.31%)
HEV21 : 83.200 (-0.78%)
KMN21 : 107.000 (-3.86%)

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