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

    Lean hog futures settled moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and ideas of manageable fundamentals through the end of the year. On the other hand, the cattle complex closed on a mixed basis with live issues...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures remain moderately higher as the trade moves toward an early close. At the same time, the cattle complex is mixed with feeder futures generally outperforming their live counterparts in slow volume.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are moderately lower in early trading, pressured by profit taking and lackluster buying interest. On the other hand, lean hog issues are supported this morning by follow-through buying and the midweek...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash stability. Lean hog contracts are also likely to sport a firm undertone in the early going thanks to late week short covering and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Meat futures rock the pre-Thanksgiving market with triple-digit gains. Nearby hog contracts soared, powered in part by bullish demand implications of smaller cold storage inventory.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open significantly higher, supported by follow-through buying and decent packer spending in the country. Lean hog contracts are set to open moderately lower, checked by defensive carcass value and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, live and feeder futures won triple-digit gains Tuesday thanks to aggressive short-covering and pre-holiday profit-taking. Lean hog paper also staged a major reversal from Monday's activity, closing moderately...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for cattle futures to open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and technical defensiveness. Lean hog contracts should open on a firm basis thanks to residual buying interest and firming carcass value.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply lower, pounded by long liquidations and the bearish implications of large October placement activity. Conversely, lean hog futures settled significantly higher with the first four months leading the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open under pressure, linked to Friday's bearish Cattle on Feed report. On the other hand, look for lean hog futures to open on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of short-covering and long...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed solidly lower with feeders feeding the late-week sell-off. On the other hand, lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis with nearbys gaining on their deferred counterparts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect the cattle complex to open Friday morning in slow gear with mixed prices. Action in lean hog futures should be equally sluggish and directionless as traders position ahead of the weekend break.

  • Someday the grading process may be exclusive to cameras, robots and drones, but those days are still a ways away. (Photo by Justin Cormack, CC BY-SA 2.0).)

    The Market's Fine Print

    When it comes to the use of grading cameras, the spread between the best of technology and acceptable business by beef processors remains substantial.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and short-covering. Lean contracts seem staged to open some lower, checked by long liquidation and eroding carcass value.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems set to open lower, pressured by follow-through selling and technical bearishness. Lean hog contracts should also remain on the defensive in the early rounds, checked by further long liquidation and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of long liquidation and short-covering. Lean hog issues should also open with uneven price action in slow trade volume.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures settled narrowly mixed at the conclusion of a session filled with large price swings. Lean hog issues also finished modestly mixed with summer 2018 issues gaining on both front and back.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures should open moderately higher Monday, supported by the premium of the cash index and great pork processing margins. Conversely, look for the cattle complex to begin on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed mostly lower in the live market and mixed in the feeder trade. On the other hand, lean hog issues settled mostly higher with only spot December settling in the red.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are set to open with uneven price action thanks to a combo of late-week short covering and long liquidation. Lean futures should also begin on a mixed basis as traders jockey ahead of uncertain...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed mostly lower with only nearby December and February live settling in the red. Lean hog issues finished on a mixed basis with spot December losing ground to most of the deferred field.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex seems to be rather aimless in late morning action, though the bias in the feeder market may be generally firmer than the live trade. Lean hog futures also lack consistent definition near midday in slow volume.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are trading on a mixed basis this morning in slow trade volume. For the most part, lean hog issues are moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and light buying interest.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are likely to open moderately lower, checked by residual selling and technical concerns. Lean hog futures should also set at moderately lower, pressured by further cash pressure and uncertain chart...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures imploded Wednesday thanks to aggressive long liquidation and technical-selling. Lean hog contracts settled moderately lower, pressured by reports of lower country sales and spillover selling from the cattle...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts are sharply lower near the top of the noon hour, pressured by technical selling and reports of lower cash market. Lean hog issues are moderately lower, checking by eroding cash and spillover selling from...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is moderately lower in the early round, pressured by long liquidation and signs of cash weakness. Lean hog issues are moderately lower, checked by reports of softer country business and technical selling.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open moderately higher, boosted by improving fundamentals and recent cash strength. Lean hog issues should open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and sagging cash sales.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is moderately lower near the top of the noon hour, curbed by long liquidation and cash uncertainty. Lean hog futures continue to eroded at midday, pressured by lower cash sales and a lack of buying interest.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    cattle complex is moderately lower in the early going, pressured by long liquidation and profit taking. Hog futures have also started the trading day in the red, checked by further reports of softening country sales.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder cattle futures should open with uneven price action, probably featuring lower nearby contracts and higher deferred issues. Similarly, lean hog contracts should also open on a mixed basis in light trade volume.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is under pressure at midday thanks to a combination of profit-taking and long liquidation. On the other hand, lean hog contracts are narrowly mixed with nearbys losing some ground to deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are moderately lower in the opening hour of business, pressured by early week profit-taking suggestions of overbought charts. Lean hog contracts are also softer in the early going, checked by residual...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open at least moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying, technical strength and ideas of positive cash momentum. Lean hog issues seem set to begin on a mixed basis Monday thanks to a...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled with triple-digit gains, powered by greater packer spending, bullish technical considerations and aggressive short-covering. Lean hog futures settled mostly lower, pressured by late-week long-liquidation...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

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

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher thanks to residual buying energy and cash optimism. Lean hog issues are likely to start out mixed Thursday thanks to a combination of spillover support from the cattle...

  • China apparently missed the memo that the U.S. has plenty of pork for sale. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    How is it possible that China's master planners decided to raise the drawbridge on foreign pork exactly when U.S. producers and processors had shifted into the most aggressive expansion phase ever seen?

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures seem staged to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying, technical bullishness, and appreciating carcass value. On the other hand, lean hog contracts should start out this morning on a...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    As expected, the cattle complex surged higher in reaction to rocketed feedlot sales reported last Friday. At the same time, lean hog contracts scored moderate price progress thanks to steady cash index appreciation and spillover...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open sharply higher as the board reacts to the cash market's bullish explosion late Friday. Lean hog contracts should open on a firm basis thanks to spillover buying from cattle futures and the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash optimism. Lean hog paper also seem set to open on a firm basis thanks to constructive fundamentals and technical buying.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open at least moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and technical strength. Lean hog futures should also open on a firm basis thanks to residual buying and stronger carcass value.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures closed with triple-digit gains powered by aggressive short-covering, technical-buying and cash optimism. Lean hog issues settled moderately higher with the help of constructive fundamentals and spillover...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher thanks to residual buying and recent signs of cash stability/firmness. Lean hog futures seem staged to open on a mixed basis with nearby issues losing ground to deferred.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are expected to open significantly lower, pressured by larger than expected September placement and long liquidation. Lean hog paper should open on a mixed basis with nearby issues better supported than...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed moderately higher, supported by late-week short-covering and signs of feedlot cash stability. Lean hog issues also settled on a firm basis thanks to stronger cash sales and strengthening carcass values.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures are higher as business moves into the final hour, supported by cash strength and firming carcass value. On the other hand, the cattle complex is mixed, higher in the live market and lower in the feeder trade.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is moderately higher through the opening hour, supported by short-covering and positioning ahead of cash activity and the release of the Oct. 1 Cattle on Feed report. Lean hog futures are narrowly mixed in the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should start out mixed this morning as traders jockey ahead of cash news and the new feedlot inventory. Lean hog futures are also set for a mixed opening with nearbys supported more than deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed mixed in the live market and solidly higher in the feeder trader. Lean hog futures also finished with uneven results, though nearby issues outperformed deferreds.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is moderately lower near the top of the noon hour as traders engage in long liquidation prior to the development of cash news and late week on feed numbers. At the same time, lean hog futures are narrowly...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Lean hog futures are moderately higher so far this morning, supported by follow-through buying and impressive cash strength. On the other hand, cattle contracts are moderately lower through the initial hour of business...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and pre-cash short covering. Lean hog contracts also seem set for a firm opening thanks to further cash strength and residual buying...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and cash uncertainty. Lean hog contracts seem ready to begin on a mixed basis tied to residual selling on one hand and short covering on...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open moderately higher thanks to follow-through buying and stronger fundamentals. Look for the cattle complex to begin with mixed price action linked to a combination of residual selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Nearby lean hog futures closed solidly higher, supported by short-covering and stabilizing fundamentals. At the conclusion of a choppy session, cattle contracts settled mostly lower.

  • There's good news and bad news about the China market opening up for U.S. beef. (DTN Illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    China may be unlocking its doors to U.S. beef, but DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington explains why it's like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeders closed sharply higher, supported by late-session buying and firm cash expectations. Lean hog issues settled on a mixed basis with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts seem geared to open on a firm basis, supported by positive fundamentals and short-covering. The cattle complex should open mixed as traders position ahead of cash news.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder cattle futures should open at least moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and technical considerations. Lean hog contracts are expected to begin with mixed prices in light to moderate volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog paper should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and signs of stabilizing cash. Live and feeder futures are expected to trade mixed in the early going thanks to both residual selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures stormed higher again with triple-digit gains, impressively supported by short-covering and technical buying. On the other hand, the cattle complex settled sharply lower, pressured by long liquidation and cash worries.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open futures trading on a mixed basis tied to a slow combination of short-covering and long liquidation. Similarly, lean hog contracts should begin with uneven action with deferreds better supported...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures set to open lower, pressured by follow-through setting and Thursday's confirmation of significant herd expansion. On the other hand, look for the cattle complex to begin on a mixed basis as trade position ahead...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, hog futures closed significantly lower thanks to long liquidation and pre-report selling. The cattle complex settled narrowly mixed as traders waited for more signs of cash potential.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis tied to a combination of short-covering and long liquidation. Lean futures are also expected to begin in a narrow range as traders position ahead of the quarterly hog inventory due...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Most cattle contracts managed to recover at midweek with triple-digit gains, sparked by short-covering and a degree of cash optimism. Lean futures advanced at an uneven pace with Dec and Feb gaining on both spot October and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder futures to open moderately higher Wednesday, supported by pre-cash short-covering and signs of stronger beef demand. Lean hog contracts seem set to open with mixed prices as traders cautiously jockey...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed Tuesday on a mixed basis with nearby issues generally losing ground to deferreds. Lean hog contracts settled mostly higher, though spot October faltered by as much as 107 points.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open mixed thanks to a combination of follow-through selling and short-covering. Lean hog contracts should also begin with uneven price action as traders position ahead of the quarterly inventory.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex started the new week in a state of collapse with triple-digit losses throughout both markets. At the same time, lean hog futures settled on a mixed basis with nearbys higher and deferreds lower.

  • USDA will be dumping a truckload of livestock data this week and next week. (Photo courtesy of Caterpillar)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Between Harvey and Irma, one might think that the third quarter of 2017 has seen more than its fair share of uncontrollable "dumps." Yet for livestock producers, USDA has one more storm of numbers up its sleeve.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is set to open on a mixed basis with nearby supported by stronger cash sales and deferred checked by placement news. Lean hogs should open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and defensive...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed lower with nearby contracts suffering triple-digit losses. The cattle complex closed substantially higher, supported by greater packer spending in the country and technical-buying.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of cash and on feed news. Lean hog contracts are also set to begin with uneven action in light volume.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex near midday is generally lower, pressured by profit taking and cash uncertainty in the wake of Wednesday's rally. Hog futures are also stuck in reverse with nearby issues particularly attracting sellers.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex has opened mixed in the live trade and moderately lower in the feeder market. For the most part, lean hog futures are moderate lower thanks to further long liquidation.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open at least moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and technical bullishness. Look for lean hog futures to begin with mixed price action as traders start to position ahead of the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open at least moderately lower, checked by sinking cash values and defensive product demand. The cattle complex seems set to open higher thanks to follow-through buying and optimism.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open higher, supported by follow-through buying and recent cash strength. Hog paper should open on a mixed basis tied to short-covering and long liquidation.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled mostly higher with particular buying interest noted in the feeder market. Lean hog issues closed on a mixed basis with nearbys losing ground to deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder contracts to open significantly higher Monday, spurred by follow-through support and greater packer spending late Friday. On the other hand, hog issues could open no better than mixed thanks to residual...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    At the conclusion of a choppy session, the cattle complex landed impressive progress thanks to late short-covering and cash optimism. Lean hog futures also discovered a cache of late-week buying energy with Oct-May advancing by...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and prospects of cash discounts. Hog futures may also resume trade Friday on the defensive tied to bearish fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    When early buying interest ran out of gas near mid-morning, live and feeder contracts reversed to close significantly below the highs of the day. Lean hog issues settled on a mixed basis with deferred contracts generally gaining...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder cattle futures are expected to open on a mixed basis thanks to a cautious combination of follow-through buying and cash uncertainty. Lean hog contracts should also begin with uneven prices tied to residual selling...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog futures to open moderately lower at midweek, pressured by follow-through selling and struggling carcass value. Live and feeder contracts also seem ready to begin moderately lower tied to residual selling pressure and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures closed sharply lower with October and December taking most of the bearish punishment. The cattle complex also settled under selling pressure with live contracts generally losing ground to their feeder counterparts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis, partly tied to best spreading and/or the unwinding of bull spreads. Lean hog issues seem set to also begin narrowly mixed thanks to follow-through selling and short covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog contracts closed Monday on a mixed basis, with deferreds faring better than nearbys. The cattle complex finished with uneven results in the live market and moderate strength in the feeder trade.

  • For the week ending Aug. 25, cattle-feeding gamblers lost their first pot since mid-December 2016. (Photo by threephin, CC BY-SA 2.0)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Following an extraordinary streak of market luck, the late-year deck may now be stacked against timely fed-cattle marketing.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures seem likely to open the week with mixed prices thanks to a combination of follow-through buyers and no better than steady feedlot sales on Friday. On the other hand, lean hog contracts should open...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts closed sharply higher Friday, supported by aggressive short covering and technical buying. Lean hog issues settled moderately higher thanks to primarily to late week profit taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are likely to open on a mixed basis thanks to follow-through buying and long liquidation. On the other hand, hog futures should open moderately lower, pressured by spillover selling and defensive...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures closed sharply higher, boosted by aggressive short-covering and spec-buying. On the other hand, lean hog contracts settled sharply lower, checked by profit-taking and defensive fundamentals.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures are likely to open under selling pressure linked to long liquidation and defensive fundamentals. Live and feeder contracts should open on a mixed basis tied to a combo of foliow-through buying and long liquidation.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open at least moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and some signs of stabilizing fundamentals. The cattle complex seems set to begin with mixed price action tied to both long liquidation...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Cattle futures seem likely to resume trading after the long holiday weekend with mixed prices, thanks to a combination of follow-through buying and uncertain cash prospects. Lean hog contracts should also open on a mixed basis...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed moderately higher Friday with the exception of spot October live. Lean hog contracts settled narrowly mixed with a general lack of both buying and selling interest.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis with slow pre-holiday trade volume. Lean hog futures should also see uneven price action in the early rounds thanks to late week short covering and profit taking.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures closed higher, supported by short-covering and pre-holiday profit-taking. The cattle complex settled mixed in the live trade and moderately lower in the feeder market.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog futures seem likely to open moderately higher, supported by additional short covering and the unwinding of bear spreads. The cattle complex should also open some higher thanks to pre-cash profit taking in light volume.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Sellers of hog futures finally took a breather at midweek, allowing contracts to settle mostly 30 to 112 higher. The cattle complex settled modestly higher, supported by light short-covering and profit-taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and long liquidation. Lean hog issues are also set to remain on the defensive in the early going, pressured by residual bearishness and negative...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures closed sharply lower, essentially reversing all of Monday's large short covering rally. On the other hand, dedicated sellers continued to hammer away at lean hog issues, leaving most contracts with another...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    With the lone exception of soon-to-expire spot August live, cattle futures closed sharply higher thanks to aggressive short covering and smaller than expected July placement activity. Conversely, lean hog futures continued to...

  • News stories about robots in the livestock industry beg an interesting question about the accelerating mechanization of agriculture and what it means for the ever-shrinking population and vitality of rural America. (Robot photo by Brickset, CC BY 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    Agbots to the Rescue?

    Robots are increasingly playing a larger role in livestock and meat production. Whether that's good or bad news for the livestock industry and rural America remains to be seen, says DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington.

  • News stories about robots in the livestock industry beg an interesting question about the accelerating mechanization of agriculture and what it means for the ever-shrinking population and vitality of rural America. (Robot photo by Brickset, CC BY 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Robots are increasingly playing a larger role in livestock and meat production. Whether that's good or bad news for the livestock industry and rural America remains to be seen, says DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington.