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 Contributing Analyst John Harrington finds black-nosed cattle rooting through trampled cornfields a beautiful sight to behold. (Photo by Dawn Sahli)

    The Market's Fine Print

    After emerging from the economic recession of the last decade, the U.S. beef herd has been in expansion gear since 2014. Black-cow genetics make up a large part of that herd.

  • The longer it takes for President Trump and Congress to find a path forward on the border wall and ending the partial government shutdown, the greater the threat to meat demand. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Meat producers would do well to keep the border wall war-talk strapped in the backseat and concentrate instead on the possibly dire demand consequences that threaten to flow from the still-ongoing partial government shutdown...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex at the CME to begin on a mixed basis thanks to cash premiums on one hand and late-week profit-taking on the other. Lean hog issues are also expected to open mixed with nearbys better supported...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled lower with live issues moderately lower and feeder counterparts off by triple digits. Lean hog contracts finished with mixed price results as nearbys gained on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder futures to open on a firm basis, supported by higher cutouts and extended cash strength. Lean hog contracts seem likely to open on a mixed basis as traders cautiously assess early January fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures settled moderately higher for the most part, supported by short covering in light volume. The cattle complex closed with uneven price action.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open Monday higher, supported stronger feedlot sales late Friday and follow-through buying. On the other hand, look for lean hog contracts to begin more on a mixed basis with early-week traders...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for cattle complex futures to open slowly mixed as bulls and bears jockey ahead of late December cash sales. Lean hog contracts should also start out on both sides of unchanged, tied to short-covering and long liquidation.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex surged sharply higher Thursday with nearby contracts setting new highs. Lean hog issues closed on a mixed basis with spot Feb gaining on deferred counterparts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts are expected to open moderately lower, checked by long liquidation and defensive fundamentals. On the other hand, look for the cattle complex to start out with mixed prices tied to light volume and feedlot cash...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled mixed in the live trade and moderately higher in the feeder market. Lean hog contracts finished mostly higher with modest red only evident in a few far-deferred months.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog contracts closed in the red thanks to slow long liquidation and a general lack of pre-holiday buying interest. The cattle complex settled mostly higher at the conclusion of an abbreviated trading session devoid of consistent...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    With virtually no attention paid to new supply data released by USDA on Thursday, cattle traders exited for the Christmas holiday tied to lackluster settlements. Lean hog issues also finished in slow motion and without definite...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect cattle futures to open in a narrow range with mixed prices as traders await cash development in thin volume. Similarly, lean hog issues should begin with uneven price action tied to limited short-covering and profit-taking.