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 Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect hog futures to build on limited gains landed on Friday's close, supported by follow-through buying and ideas of a late-year cash bottom. On the other hand, the cattle complex should begin with mixed price action in slow...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed sharply higher Friday, spurred to limit gains thanks to aggressive short-covering and oversold charts. The cattle complex settled on a mixed basis with nearby live issues holding up reasonably well as their...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to start in slow gear as traders patiently monitor the development of late-week cash potential. Lean hog issues should open mixed, tied to short-covering and oversold charts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should start with uneven price action Thursday as bulls and bears argue how late-week cash will land. Along the same lines, lean issues are also likely to open mixed thanks to residual selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Trading meat futures Wednesday was right there with watching paint dry and clipping toenails: Not much meaningful was accomplished. Contracts settled mixed and were certainly not very suggestive of price trends for Thursday and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures are likely to open higher, supported by residual buying and short-covering. Look for the cattle complex to begin with uneven price action with nearbys gaining more ground on deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Aggressive short-covering sponsored sharp gains in lean hog futures to start the week as the board surged triple digits toward the cash index. On the other hand, the cattle complex closed mixed thanks to profit-taking and long...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog paper to start out in the red, pressured by wholesale pork demand overwhelmed by late-year tonnage. On the other hand, cattle futures should begin in cautious mode as traders await one side or the other to blink...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open some lower Thursday morning, checked by defensive wholesale beef prices and uncertain cash prospects. Lean hog futures are also likely to begin on the defensive tied to follow-through selling...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog futures to open under pressure thanks to follow-through selling and the early-month punch of bearish fundamentals. On the other hand, live and feeder contracts should start out Wednesday with mixed price action as...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex at the CME should open on the defensive, pressured by uncertainty regarding the ability of November beef demand to handle late-fall cattle supplies. Lean hog issues should also open in the red, pressured by...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed with triple-digit losses, pressured by uncertain November beef demand and plentiful supplies of ready feedlot steers and heifers. Lean hog issues also settled on the defensive thanks to lower cash business.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open with uneven price action tied to cash strength on one hand and uncertain pre-Thanksgiving demand on the other. Lean hog issues should also open on a mixed basis in slow volume.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled lower with feeder issues attracting more selling interest than their live counterparts. Hog futures also finished mostly lower with only a few 2019 issues setting marginally higher.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures closed mostly lower with feeders losing ground to their live counterparts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle futures to open moderately higher on Tuesday morning, supported by follow-through technical buying and short-covering. Along the same lines, lean hog futures should start out on a firm basis thanks to...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are staged for significantly higher spending Monday thanks to impressive feedlot gains scored on Friday. Lean hog issues should also open on a firm basis in the early rounds tied to late-week cash strength.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog futures to open with impressive strength thanks to follow-through buying and late-week short-covering. Cattle paper should open moderately higher, supported by optimism regarding the likelihood of higher feedlot sales.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are expected to open under pressure, checked by cautious packer spending and the uncertainty of late October beef demand. Lean hog issues seem set to open some higher thanks to residual buying...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for a stronger opening thanks to residual buying tied to spillover bullishness from cattle and hogs.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit surge characterizes cattle futures as new week begins, supported by cash strength and carcass value vigor. Lean hog issues settled solidly higher with the help of improving pork demand.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are expected to open on a mixed basis thanks to early-week, follow-through selling and firming cash sales. On the other hand, lean hog futures seem likely to begin moderately lower as seasonal supplies...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures are expected to open under pressure thanks to defensive fundamentals. On the other hand, look for live and feeder cattle futures to open on a mixed basis as traders jockey ahead of the Oct. 1 Cattle on Feed...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog futures are staged to open substantially lower, checked by large country offerings and struggling pork demand. The cattle complex should begin with mixed price action as traders jockey ahead of late-week cash potential.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog paper closed sharply lower, pressured by defensive cash action and seasonal fundamentals. The cattle complex settled with mixed price with deferreds losing ground to spot contracts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures seemed geared to open on a mixed basis thanks to residual selling and early-week short-covering. Lean hogs should also begin with mixed price action with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed unevenly with nearbys gaining on deferreds. Lean hog futures finished mostly lower with only spot October posting a modest advance.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed significantly lower with feeder issues generally losing ground to their live counterparts. Lean hog futures also finished on the defensive thanks to long liquidation and uncertain fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Though spot October feeder futures settled marginally lower, most cattle issues finished some higher in light volume. Lean hog contracts also settle moderately higher, supported somewhat by firming cash sales.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Livestock futures should open on a mixed basis as bulls and bears anticipate late-week cash activity. Early-week business will be slow and choppy until more fundamentals are evident.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems geared to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and ideas of firm cash. Lean hog futures should also start out with a firm undertone thanks to stabilizing post-holiday fundamentals.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open lower Tuesday, pressured by lower cash sales late Friday and struggling beef demand. On the other hand, lean hog issues seem likely to open mixed with nearbys losing on their deferred counterparts.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts closed lower on the day, pressured by limited packer buying interest and significantly higher corn prices. Lean hog contracts finished higher with nearbys generally gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open on a mixed basis as traders await the surfacing of cash news. On the other hand, lean hog issues seem likely to start out moderately higher thanks to late-week short-covering and stronger...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect the cattle complex to begin with slow, uneven price action as traders cautiously await the surfacing of cash news. Lean hog futures should also open on a mixed basis as bulls and bears carefully monitor late-month...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed with uneven prices, though nearby issues generally outperformed deferred counterparts. Lean hog futures closed narrowly mixed thanks to a variety of spreading strategies.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is likely to open Wednesday with uneven price action as traders await cash news to develop. Lean hog issues are also expected to begin with mixed prices thanks to bear-spreading and profit-taking strategies.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed substantially lower Tuesday, though late short-covering worked to limit damage from midsession lows. Lean hog futures reversed some from Monday's impressive rally with...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open solidly higher, supported by residual buying and firming carcass value. Lean hog futures also seem set to open moderately higher in the early going thanks to follow-through buying and stabilizing...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed sharply higher based on the announcement of a new trade deal between Mexico and the U.S. The cattle complex settled significantly higher as well, boosted by technical-buying, bullish outside markets and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and bearish implications of the Aug. 1 Cattle on Feed report. Lean hog futures should open on a mixed basis thanks to residual buying and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, the cattle complex closed sharply lower with triple-digit losses dominating both live and feeder markets. On the other hand, lean hog issues settled solidly higher with 2019 contracts gaining on nearbys.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures settled widely mixed with nearby issues crashing in the face of deferred stability. Uneven settlements in the cattle complex were much more boring with feeders narrowly mixed and live contracts moderately lower.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open with uneven pricing as traders position ahead of late-week cash business and the release of the Aug. 1 Cattle on Feed report. Lean hog futures should also open mixed thanks to light bear...

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    The Market's Fine Print

    Has the great bacon craze of the early 21st century come to an end? It may be too early to tell, even though the product has certainly lost its sizzle in 2018.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog contracts should open lower, pressured by plentiful offerings and uncertain pork demand. The cattle complex is likely to begin with mixed prices at midweek thanks to both short-covering and long liquidation.