John Harrington

DTN Livestock Analyst
John Harrington

John Harrington has been DTN's Livestock Analyst since 1985 and has been actively involved in the livestock business for nearly 30 years.

 

A 1974 graduate of Hastings College, Hastings, Neb., John in the late 1970s and early 1980s managed a large commercial cattle feeding operation as well as a 3,000 head swine finishing floor. In 1984, he started "Feel of the Market," a consulting firm specializing in fed and feeder cattle marketing. His weekly newsletter "Feel of the Market" continues to be circulated among cattle feeders, ranchers, and meat processors throughout the U.S. and Canada.

 

Harrington has regularly contributed to livestock newspapers and magazines. The Livestock Publication Council has repeatedly recognized his writing for its excellence in market analysis, risk management and humor. He writes a monthly humor column, "Harrington's World" for Progressive Farmer magazine.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts closed sharply higher thanks to aggressive short-covering, technical-buying and cash premiums. Lean hog issues settled on a mixed basis with nearbys generally losing ground to deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect lean hog contracts to begin in a mixed basis thanks to a residual of selling on one hand and short covering on the other. The cattle complex shoulld also begin with uneven price action tied to follow-through selling and the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit losses dominated the lean hog market with new spot August slumping to a new contract low. The cattle complex settled moderately lower in the live market with feeder issues closing mixed.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open unevenly with nearbys gaining on deferreds. Lean hog issues should also start out on a mixed note with new spot August supported somewhat by the premium status of the cash index.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts closed sharply higher Monday, supported by large cash premiums and aggressive sort covering. Lean hog issues settled lower with fourth quarter prices losing more ground to nearbys and far deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open on a mixed basis with traders torn between cash premiums and signs of struggling beef demand. Lean hog issues should also begin with uneven price action with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed on a mixed basis with live issues moderately lower and feeder contracts mixed. On the other hand, deferred lean hog contracts enjoyed another session of short-covering, closing with triple-digit gains.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and the potential of premium cash sales Lean hog contracts are also likely to move moderately higher thanks to further short-covering and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open lower thanks to follow-through selling, though contracts could firm later in the day given evidence of relative cash stability. Lean hog contracts will likely open lower, pressured by residual...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Still stinging from triple-digit losses suffered on Tuesday, lean hog futures should open at least moderately lower Wednesday, pressured by follow-through selling and defensive fundamentals. The cattle complex seems set to open on...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog contracts to open lower, pressured by follow-through selling and further trade war worries. The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis, torn between residual selling and large cash premiums.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Most hog contracts closed sharply lower, essentially pressured by fears of extended record pork production and inadequate demand. For the most part, the cattle complex settled moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Selling pressure has quickly developed through the livestock complex. There is growing concern that the softness in other commodity markets may further weaken livestock futures through the week.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Cattle futures should open with a firm undertone, especially in nearby live contracts. Lean hog issues seem set to begin with mixed price action with front-end contracts better supported than deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    After trading significantly higher through most of the session, selling surfaced late in the day and caused live and feeder contracts to close moderately lower. Spooked by eroding cash bids and the intensifying trade war, lean hog...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open higher with spot August better supported than deferreds thanks to ideas of firming cash. Lean hog futures should open on a mixed basis tied to follow-through selling and late-week...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis tied to residual buying and pre-cash selling. Hog futures also seem set to begin with uneven prices tied to follow-through buying and long liquidation.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Trade volume remains extremely light in most markets as initial pressure in livestock trade has been replaced by light to moderate gains. Traders are looking ahead to Fourth of July festivities, and it seems little interest is...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis as traders slowly position ahead of the holiday break. Similarly, lean hog contracts are likely to show uneven price action in the early rounds with nearbys firmer than deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex stepped into the holiday-shortened week by settling mostly higher, especially in terms of feeder contracts. Lean hog issues closed widely mixed with August and October sharply lower and far deferreds...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Mixed trade is seen across the livestock markets given the light trade volume during the holiday week. Firm gains in feeder cattle are being offset by sharp losses in the hog complex.

  • Hungry but don't want to leave the house? There are plenty of companies willing to deliver food straight to your door. (Photo by Rebecka J; CC BY 2.0)

    The Market's Fine Print

    As Americans get lazier and unhealthier, U.S. meat producers must stay focused on growing export demand.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed widely mixed in the wake of the June 1 Hogs and Pigs report with nearby issues higher and deferred contracts significantly lower. The cattle complex finished the week sharply higher for the most part...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    As expected, the implications of the June 1 H&P report issued on Thursday are causing deferred lean futures to trade far below their nearby counterparts. On the other hand, cattle futures are sharply higher at midday...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Lean hog contracts are pressured this morning in the wake of the large inventory confirmed by the June 1 H&P report released yesterday. The cattle complex is moderately lower in the live market and mixed in the feeder trade.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open significantly lower with deferreds losing more ground to spot July and August. The cattle complex seems set to begin lower as well thanks to long liquidation and beef demand concerns.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, the cattle complex settled solidly higher. Lean hog issues closed on a mixed basis with nearbys gaining a good deal on deferreds.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is moving higher at midday with feeder contracts gaining on their live counterparts. Lean hog contracts are mixed in late morning business as traders await the unveiling of...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Lean hog issues should trade mixed in the early rounds as traders carefully anticipate H&P news. On the other hand, cattle paper could play moderately lower in the openng hour, prresurred by faltering feedlot sales and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog futures to open cautiously mixed as commercials and specs mark time before the release of the June 1 inventory Thursday afternoon. The cattle complex is expected to start out lower, pressured by lower cash sales...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled with uneven prices, supported late by short-covering and profit-taking. Lean hog contracts also closed mixed with nearbys out preforming deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex has open mixed this morning, a slow combination of follow-through selling and short covering. Lean hog issues are mostly lower tied to pre-report long liquidation and commercial selling.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures settled significantly higher with renewed buying interest especially evident in nearby contracts. The cattle complex settled mixed in the live market and moderately higher in the feeder trade.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Cattle paper is moderately higher in the opening round of business, supported by short covering and profit taking following Monday's big crash. Similarly, lean hog futures are positively adjusting in the wake of yesterday sell-off...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open lower, pressured by follow-through selling and technical concerns. Lean hog futures are likely to open on a mixed basis as traders take profits and position ahead of the June 1 Hogs &...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder issues settled sharply lower given news of lower cash sales and larger-than-expected May placement activity. Lean hog futures fared only marginally better, closing solidly lower in the first three contracts.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures are bouncing higher today as traders reassess the appropriateness of Monday's sell-off. On the other hand, live and feeder futures seem to be extending yesterday's bearish verdict by moving moderately lower...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is sharply lower midday with losses of 200-plus points common through both markets. Lean hog futures are more moderately lower, though nearby contracts struggle with triple-digit losses.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts closed lower in nearbys and modestly higher in far deferreds. Profit-taking by bull-spreaders in light volume seemed to be the major feature. The cattle complex closed mostly higher with only nearby June and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seem set to open on a mixed basis as traders position before the development of cash business and new monthly on feed data. Lean futures should also start out with uneven price action thanks to further bull...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts closed moderately lower Thursday, pressured by long liquidation and beef demand worries. Lean hog futures settled on a mixed basis with nearby contracts gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of cash news and the June 1 Cattle on Feed report. Lean hog issues are also expected to begin with uneven price action thanks to a cautious combination...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures broke hard again, troubled by long liquidation and the possible inadequacy of midsummer pork demand. On the other hand, cattle paper closed moderately higher, for the most part, supported by short-covering and recent...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open with uneven price action thanks to follow-through buying on one hand and uncertain cash prospects on the other. Lean hog futures are also expected to open on a mixed basis, pressured by residual...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open moderately higher thanks to follow-through buying and ideas of strengthening cash and product prices. Live and feeder cattle futures seem set to begin with mixed prices as traders remain unsure...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures closed sharply higher Monday, powered by a combination of bull-spreading and constructive fundamentals. The cattle complex closed on a mixed basis with nearbys generally gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts are set to open higher, supported by positive fundamentals and follow-through buying. The cattle complex should also open with a firm undertone thanks to residual buying interest and cash premiums.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is likely to open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and fears of softening fundamentals. Lean hog issues should open some higher, supported by short-covering and constructive supply and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to start out mixed Thursday thanks to residual selling interest and pre-cash short-covering. On the other hand, lean hog futures are likely to open moderately higher, supported by spillover buying and...

  • While virtually all meat production sectors have aggressively kicked into high expansion gear over the last several years, the pool of packing house workers has clearly ebbed more than flowed. (DTN graphic)

    The Market's Fine Print

    With U.S. packers and the meat industry in general feeling the pinch of a chronic labor shortage, politicians would be wise to follow the words of the hymn "Come, Labor On" in crafting immigration policy, suggests DTN Livestock...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    July through October lean hogs scored triple digits for the second consecutive session, further boosted by bullish fundamentals and decent fundamentals. On the other hand, cattle futures settled moderately lower, pressured by...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog contracts are geared to start out higher Wednesday, supported by bull-spreading and constructive fundamentals. The cattle complex is set to open mixed Wednesday as traders cautiously gather clues of cash potential.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of follow-through selling and short-covering. Hog paper is also expected to open on both sides of unchanged with nearby issues gaining ground on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are set to open significantly higher with June and August running to catch up with the feedlot trade. Lean hog contracts should also start out with a firm undertone thanks to improving seasonal...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled solidly higher thanks to evidence of greater spending in the country and technical-buying interest. Lean hog contracts also closed with a firm undertone, supported by impressive fundamentals and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open at least moderately higher, supported by short-covering and improving fundamentals. On the other hand, expect the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of cash potential.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures cooled a bit following Wednesday's impressive price surge, closing mixed with July and August losing ground to both spot June and far deferreds. The cattle complex also closed with uneven results, checked by late...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open with a firm undertone thanks to follow-through buying and general cash optimism. Lean hog issues should also open with a stronger tone, supported by bullish momentum and evidence of higher cash sales.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Shaking off the bearish news of Mexican tariffs on U.S. pork, hog futures closed sharply higher with the help of aggressive short-covering and improving late-spring/early summer fundamentals. Live and feeder futures closed higher...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are expected to open moderately higher, supported by residual buying and recent cash premiums. Look for lean hog futures to begin with mixed price action with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts surged sharply higher, spurred by cash premiums and technical buying. Summer lean hog issues were pressured by the announcement of Mexican tariffs on U.S. pork legs and shoulders.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle futures to begin with uneven price action thanks to a combination of residual selling and pre-cash short-covering. Lean hog issues should also open on a mixed basis tied to follow-through selling on one hand...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    At the conclusion of a very choppy session, cattle futures closed generally lower with most nearby issues losing ground to deferreds. Lean hog contracts also settled in the red, pressured by the discounted cash market and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Cattle contracts should open Monday with moderate gains, supported by higher feedlot sales late Friday. On the other hand, lean hog issues are likely to open moderately lower, checked by the discounted cash market and softer...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis with summer issues moderately higher and most deferred issues moderately lower. The cattle complex closed mixed in the live trade and moderately lower in the feeder market.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately higher, supported by evidence of cash stability and short-covering. Lean hog issues are also likely to begin with a firm undertone thanks to improving fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures closed significantly lower as technical bears gathered themselves to take back Wednesday's rally. Cattle futures surrendered about a third of Wednesday's big surge, checked by profit-taking and uncertain cash...

  • What some admire as bold examples of leadership by President Donald Trump, others fear as reckless and counterproductive displays of power. (Left photo by marcn, CC BY 2.0; right photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    The long-standing rural business tenet that your word is your bond is being challenged by a president who believes that trade wars are good and easily won, argues DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open significantly higher thanks to follow-through buying, firming carcass value and discounted feedlot sales. Lean hog contracts are also staged for early strength, supported by residual buying and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and early summer demand uncertainty. On the other hand, lean hog issues are likely to begin with mixed prices thanks to follow-through...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash premiums. Lean hog issues are set to open lower, checked by residual selling interest and cash discounts.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures settled significantly lower with all 2018 issues suffering triple-digit losses. Cattle futures closed modestly higher, though forward progress was generally modest.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Hog futures have opened significantly lower this more with summer issues now showing triple digit losses. The cattle complex is mostly lower in the early going, checked by profit taking and beef demand worries.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis tied to residual buying on one hand and long liquidation on the other. Lean hog issues are also likely to begin with mixed price action thanks to follow-through selling and signs of...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is sharply higher near the top of the noon hour, supported by aggressive short covering and ideas of better demand possibilities for U.S. beef out of China. At the same time, lean hog issues are moderately...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex tried to stabilize early Friday, but late-selling caused both live and feeder contracts to settle significantly lower. Lean hog contracts also closed lower, pressured by long liquidation and late-week profit-taking.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Hog futures are sharply lower near the top of the noon hour, pressured by long liquidation and commercial selling. At the same time, the cattle complex is narrowly mixed in the live trade and moderately lower in the feeder market.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    For the most part, cattle futures are moderately higher in early business with live contracts gaining a bit on feeders. While most hog contracts are some higher, price action here is more narrowly mixed in light volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog contracts to open moderately higher, supported by improving product demand and bull-spreading interest. Cattle futures should also start out Friday morning with a firm undertone thanks to short-covering and...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts are solidly higher at midday, supported by short covering and the correction of oversold charts. Lean hog futures are mixed with late summer issues losing ground to both spot June and far deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live cattle futures are narrowly mixed as contracts move through the initial hour of business. At the same time, feeder issues are modestly lower. Nearby lean hog contracts have open lower while deferred counterparts are...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis thanks to a combo of residual selling and short covering. Lean hog issues are set to also begin with uneven price action tied to light bull speading and profit takings.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex once again closed sharply lower, hammered again by long liquidation, commercial-selling and signs of cash weakness. On the other hand, lean hog futures managed to recover some from Tuesday's sell-off, supported...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is moderately lower near the top of the noon hour, pressured by bearish momentum and technical selling. Lean hog contracts are currently mixed with nearby issues gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Lean hog futures are trading moderately higher in the early rounds, supported by short covering and impressive fundamentals. On the other hand, cattle contracts are mixed thanks to a combination of residual selling interest and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex collapsed further Tuesday, falling triple digits again thanks to commercial-selling, technical concerns and beef demand worries. Lean hog contracts aggressively retreated from Monday's rally, pressured by...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures continue to slide significantly lower, pressured by long liquidation, commercial selling, and cash uncertainty. Lean hog contracts are also sharply lower at midday, checked by profit taking, cash discounts, and outside...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is trading moderately lower in the early going, pressured somewhat by spillover selling and cash uncertainty. Lean hog issues have open some lower, checked by profit taking and the cash market discount.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is off to a rough start this week with triple-digit losses dominating both live and feeder contracts. On the other hand, summer lean hog futures surged sharply higher thanks to seasonally bullish fundamentals.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is significantly lower at midday as spec and commercials remain oblivious to cash premiums. On the other hand, lean hog futures are solidly higher at this time with summer contracts gaining a good deal of ground...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is under selling pressure this morning, checked by lower feedlot sales and projections of building beef production through the end of the second quarter. Lean hog contracts have opened moderately higher...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately lower, pressured by lower cash sales and ideas that beef cutouts are close to a seasonal top. Lean hog contracts seem set to open mixed with nearbys better supported than...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed lower Friday with particular selling pressure noted on summer contracts. On the other hand, the cattle complex settled narrowly mixed with live issues some higher and feeder contracts slightly lower.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are likely to open moderately higher, supported by follow-buying and the possible persistance of cash premiums. Lean hog issues should also open higher Friday morning with the help of light bull spreading...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open with mixed action, a combination of follow-through selling and pre-cash short covering. Lean hog futures are also set for uneven prices in the early rounds ties to light bull spreading and profit taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash premiums. Look for lean hog contracts you also open with a firm undertone thanks to residual buying and stronger cash sales.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed mostly higher with particular buying interest supporting June through October. Cattle contracts opened under pressure but eventually reversed sharply higher thanks to aggressive short-covering and the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures seem set to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and stronger carcass value. The cattle complex should open lower, checked by follow-through selling and supply concerns.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply lower Monday, hammered by long liquidation, technical-selling and fears of early summer beef supplies. Lean hog futures settled mostly higher with the help of short-covering and slowing chain speed.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Light mixed activity is expected to be seen in all livestock trade with mixed hog price levels likely to redevelop as trade volume remains sluggish with traders returning from the weekend.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are set to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and recent cash strength. Lean hog contracts should start out some lower thanks to residual selling and uninspiring fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply higher thanks to signs of greater packer spending in the country and aggressive short-covering. For the most part, lean hog issues settled modestly lower in slow trade volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems staged to open on a mixed basis thanks to residual selling on one hand and short-covering on the other. Lean hog issues should also begin with uneven price action with nearbys probably gaining on deferreds.

  • Dan Kerestes, director of the Statistics Division at the National Agricultural Statistics Service. (Photo courtesy of USDA NASS)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Before Dan Kerestes, director of the Statistics Division at the National Agricultural Statistics Service, changes the schedule for new cattle and hog reports, DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington hopes he reads his letter.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed with uneven price results to nearbys for the most part gaining significant ground on deferreds. Cattle futures closed in the red with selling interest especially focused on nearby feeder issues.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is significantly lower at midday as spec and commercials remain oblivious to cash premiums. On the other hand, lean hog futures are solidly higher at this time with nearbys gaining a good deal of ground on deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is cautiously mixed in the early rounds as traders dispute between positive spot fundamentals and longer-term supply worries. Lean hog issues are modestly higher tied to light short covering and ideas of slowing...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open moderately higher thanks to short-covering, cash premiums and firming carcass value. Lean hog futures should open mixed as traders slowly bide time, waiting for a more definite shift in...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, triple-digit losses dominated the cattle complex on the last day of April, though selling energy seemed more consistent in the feeder market than in the live trade. On the other hand, lean hog contracts closed...

  • The danger of higher feed costs seems remote, but the industry is just one disaster away from that not being the case. (Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Feedlot Prospects

    A lot of factors go into the feedlot business and to be successful it's important to keep an eye on all the factors.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open significantly higher Monday, supported by residual buying interest and seasonal strength in fundamentals. On the other hand, lean hog futures are likely to open no better than mixed, tied to...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The lean hog board closed significantly lower with spot May through August especially attracting selling interest. Live and feeder cattle futures fell mostly lower with only the spot months finishing in the green.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect cattle futures to open moderately higher Thursday, supported by follow-through buying and cash optimism. Lean hog contracts should also open generally higher thanks to short-covering and seasonal odds for improving...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle contracts settled solidly higher, generally erasing Tuesday's pullback and then some. Lean hog issues closed on a mixed basis with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open with mixed prices thanks to a combination of residual selling and pre cash short taking. Lean hog contracts are likely to open mixed as well, checked by follow-throug selling and midweek profit taking.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed lower with nearby contracts losing ground on deferreds. The cattle complex settled mostly lower, fading from early session progress thanks to long liquidation and profit taking.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong initial support in cattle trade has eroded through late morning with mixed prices now creating concerns of late-day pressure.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open at least moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and improving beef demand. Lean hog contracts should open mixed thanks to residual selling on one hand and short-covering on the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures closed sharply higher, supported by recent strength in feedlot sales and technical buying. Nearby lean hog contracts slumped with triple-digit losses tied to long liquidation and uncertain fundamentals.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is significantly higher near the top of noon hour with the feeder market plastered with triple-digit gains. Lean hog contracts are traded in the red through the morning with nearby issues especially pressured...

  • If your hamburger originated from a test tube, can it still be called "beef?" (Test tubes photo by O.S. Fisher, CC BY 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Can protein manufactured in a test tube really be called "beef" or "meat?" That's a question the U.S. Cattlemen's Association wants USDA to answer.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open with mixed prices Monday, higher in nearby issues and lower in deferreds. Lean hog issues should also begin with uneven action, torn between firming cash and lackluster carcass value.