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CME August 2021 feeder cattle (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (dark red line) and August 2021 live cattle (pink line, left column). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle down, feeders up with corn

CME lean hog futures down

Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures extended losses on Friday on long liquidation that also dragged down corn futures, analysts said. It was the second consecutive day that cattle futures followed declines in the Chicago Board of Trade corn market, which has retreated from eight-year highs reached last week. "Cattle got […] Read more



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Don’t count chickens before they hatch: Tyson bet on wrong rooster

Meat giant books unexpected decline in hatching

Chicago | Reuters -- Tyson Foods is laying off a certain type of rooster from its U.S. chicken business after a surprising discovery that eggs fertilized by the male bird hatch less often, resulting in fewer chickens. The world's largest meat producer by sales will install a replacement across its breeding program by this fall […] Read more


Corn seedlings on June 1, 2020. (Farmtario photo by John Greig)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy futures hit multi-year highs on supply fears

Dryness in Brazil fuels supply fears

Chicago | Reuters -- Concerns that global crop supplies will remain lean pushed Chicago Board of Trade corn futures to their highest price since March 2013 on Friday, while soybean futures reached their highest since October 2012. The markets surged before the weekend as traders braced for the potential of further rallies driven by tightening […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: CME cattle futures up on beef prices, demand

June hogs down off recent rallies

Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange cattle futures rose on Friday on strong beef prices and demand for red meat that also catapulted margins for beef processors. Meat demand is high as federal stimulus checks have increased incomes and prompted consumers to spend more at supermarkets and restaurants, analysts said. COVID-19 vaccinations are also […] Read more


CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (dark green line) and December 2021 corn (yellow line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn futures pierce eight-year peak

Soy rallies on supply worries

Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Board of Trade corn futures extended a rally above eight-year highs on Thursday as dry weather threatened harvest yields in major exporter Brazil and kept traders' focus on ebbing global supplies. Soybeans approached an 8-1/2-year peak reached last week, buoyed by rallying vegetable oil prices, and wheat was also higher. […] Read more

CME June 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with June 2021 lean hogs (dark red line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle, hog futures rise with wholesale meat prices

Easing restrictions prompt more dining out

Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog and live cattle futures climbed on Thursday as U.S. wholesale prices increased. Pork and beef are in high demand in supermarkets and restaurants as the distribution of federal stimulus checks has prompted consumers to spend more on food, analysts said. COVID-19 vaccinations and easing restrictions on […] Read more


CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (orange line) and December 2021 corn (dark green line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn exceeds eight-year high on global supply worries

Soybean, wheat futures also finish higher

Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Board of Trade corn futures touched their highest price in more than eight years on Wednesday as concerns over global supplies and strong demand continued to fuel strong gains. A blistering rally in the market has raised costs for global producers of corn-based ethanol and of meat made from livestock […] Read more

CME June 2021 lean hogs (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (pink line) and June 2021 live cattle (dark red line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Hogs rally again on pork prices, supply woes

June live cattle rise to even with June hogs

Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures extended a sharp rally on Wednesday, touching contract highs for the fourth consecutive day on limited supplies and strong pork prices. U.S. pork demand is strong as sales have benefited after households received additional COVID-19 pandemic relief money from the federal government, analysts said. The […] Read more