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...

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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.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for cattle futures to open on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of residual selling and short-covering. Lean hog contracts should also with uneven price action as traders position further ahead of the Dec. 1 Hogs &...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed significantly lower Monday with triple-digit losses particularly dominating the feeder trade. Lean hog issues also settled in determined retreat, pressured by bearish fundamentals expected to last through...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog contracts should open Monday moderately lower, initially checked by an assessment of large ready numbers and the uncertain adequacy of late-year pork demand. On the other hand, look for the cattle complex to slowly strike...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts concluded the week with slow volume and moderately lower settlements. Though traders seemed patiently awaiting cash news, neither side acted with much anticipatory expectation. Lean hog issues closed on...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are likely to open cautiously mixed as traders consider the likelihood of late-week cash strength. Lean hog issues should also begin with uneven price action as spot December prepares to expire.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled mostly higher with feeder issues gaining more ground on their live counterparts. On the other hand, lean hog futures closed lower for the most part, worried by large board premiums and the adequacy of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect lean hog futures to start out moderately lower, checked by board premiums and softening carcass value. The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of cash potential.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed moderately higher as traders cautiously engaged in short covering and considered the possibility of late year packer demand for feeder steers and heifers. Lean hog contracts also settled s higher...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open Tuesday with a firm undertone thanks to cutout strength and cash premiums. On the other hand, lean hog futures could begin on the defensive, checked by cautious fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    With the modest exception of spot December and far deferred contracts, lean hog issues closed moderately higher, supported in parts by production threats for 2019 tied to further expansion of ASF. The cattle complex settled...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed lower, deprived of any inspirational cash activity. Feeder issues fell harder than their live counterparts. Lean hog contracts also settled in the red with traders nervous about the sustaining strength of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Torn between lower cash sales and higher carcass value, lean hog futures seem likely to open on a mixed basis Thursday. Live and feeder contracts should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash premiums.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled with respectable price progress with feeder issues outperforming their live counterparts. On the other hand, lean hog contracts ended widely mixed as spot December faltered in the face of triple-digit...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems likely to open mixed tied to follow-through selling on one hand and short-covering on the other. Lean hog issues are also expected to begin with uneven price action as traders cautiously access late-year...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts closed mostly lower Monday, pressured by late-year cash nervousness and firming corn prices. Lean hog issues finished no better than mixed despite optimistic speculation of improving U.S.-China trade.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open higher Monday, supported by stronger packer spending that surfaced late Friday. On the other hand, lean hog futures should open on a mixed basis, supported by board premiums and checked by...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed with significant price progress Thursday thanks to improving fundamental prospects. The cattle complex finished on a defensive basis with feeder issues attracting the most selling interest.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for cattle futures to begin with steady/firm price action as traders await to assess the size of late-week packer spending. At the same time, lean hog contracts are expected to open on a mixed basis with nearbys holding up...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled with uneven trends as feeder issues generally lose ground to their live counterparts. Lean hog futures once again saw deferred contracts falter vis-a-vis nearby contracts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should be cautious on the opening with both buyers and sellers confused over late-week cash potential. Lean hog issues are likely to begin near steady thanks to fairly consistent fundamentals.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open mixed thanks to a combination of residual selling and firming carcass value. Similarly, the cattle complex also seems set to open with no definite trend as buyers and sellers cautiously debate the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog issues closed with triple-digit losses Monday, pressured by long liquidation and uncertain late-year pork demand. The cattle complex, for the most part, settled moderately lower, reflecting indecision and confusion over the...

  • USDA released its Nov. 1 Cattle on Feed report on Wednesday. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Cattle on Feed Report Summary

    Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.7 million head on Nov. 1, 2018. The inventory was 3% above Nov. 1, 2017, USDA reported Wednesday.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately higher, supported by short-covering and late-year cash stability. Lean hog issues are also expected to open on a firm basis thanks to spillover buying and shifting retail demand back...