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

    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...

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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...

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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...

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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 spot October nearly canceling...

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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.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed lower thanks to long liquidation and profit-taking in the wake of last week's board explosion on Thursday and Friday. On the other hand, the cattle complex settled narrowly mixed tied to a slow combination...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog contracts should open on a firm note that could lead to follow-through buying and positive talk of potential progress in addressing the U.S./China trade. The cattle complex seems likely to be moderately lower, pressured by long...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts closed sharply higher, supported by more encouraging talk about improving U.S. and Chinese conditions and a late-week wave of technical-buying. The cattle complex also closed sharply higher thanks to late-week...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog futures to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and oversold chart conditions. On the other hand, assume that cattle contracts will open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of late-week...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog futures to open lower, checked by long liquidation and struggling carcass value. Cattle futures seem set to open on a mixed basis thanks to short-covering and cash premiums.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog issues settled moderately higher, supported by cash premiums and midweek short-covering. While finishing in the green, advances in the cattle complex were somewhat tamer than those scored by lean hog futures.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to start out with mixed price action, torn between cash premiums and short-covering. Lean hog issues seem staged to open on a mixed basis as well thanks to light bull-spreading on one hand and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts settled under a good deal of selling pressure with nearbys losing ground to deferreds. Lean hog issues closed on a mixed basis with front months gaining on the back of the board.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog futures should open some lower, checked by eroding fundamentals and follow-through selling. On the other hand, the cattle complex should open on a mixed basis thanks to further long liquidation and cash premiums.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed in the live market and moderately higher in the feeder trade. Similarly, lean hog issues settled with uneven price action thanks to a combination of follow-through selling and late-week...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog issues are set to open higher Friday, supported by follow-through buying and late-week short-covering. On the other hand, cattle paper should start out lower, checked by residual selling interest and lower feedlot sales...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    With the exception of soon-to-expire spot August, lean hog futures surged sharply higher on the close with triple-digit gains dominating most contracts. On the other hand, cattle paper settled lower thanks to long liquidation...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog futures seem set to open significantly lower, further pressured by struggling fundamentals. The cattle complex should begin some higher with the help of follow-through buying and cash premiums.

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    The Market's Fine Print

    Why USDA abandoning the "lockup" is a cause for concern for producers and speculators.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open Tuesday with uneven price action, chopped by both long liquidation and short-covering. Lean hog contracts are also expected to open on a mixed basis tied to follow-through selling on one hand...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed lower with nearby feeder contracts catching most of the early week bearishness. Lean hog futures continued to slide lower thanks to unrelenting cash weakness and lackluster pork demand.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open higher Monday, boosted by follow-through buying and greater packer spending late last week. On the other hand, lean hog futures are staged for initial weakness Monday thanks to residual...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems ready to open on a mixed basis thanks to a cautious combination of late-week long liquidation and short covering. Lean hog futures are expected to begin on the defensive thanks to residual selling and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The relentlessly bearish tone of the hog cash market drove nearby lean futures to yet another new set of contract lows. The cattle complex settled mostly lower, though with considerably less determination.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and expectations of cash stability/firmness. Lean hog futures seem set to begin with mixed prices thanks to residual selling and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex surged sharply higher at midweek with triple-digit gains dominating both live and feeder markets. On the other hand, lean hog futures settled moderately lower for the most part.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open with uneven price action in slow pre-cash volume. Lean hog futures should also open on a mixed basis with nearbys losing more ground to deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply lower in the feeder market and mixed in the live trade. Lean hog futures settled mostly lower except for just a few examples of modest strength in winter and spring 2019 issues.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, the cattle complex settled moderately lower with feeders sliding some lower than their live counterparts. Lean hog issues closed mostly higher with the help of tepid short-covering and oversold charts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should begin with uneven price action as feedlot premiums support nearby issues more than their deferred counterparts. Along the same lines, lean hog issues are expected to open on a mixed basis thanks to...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed mostly lower with triple-digit losses dominating the first three contracts. On the other hand, the cattle complex settled on a mixed basis with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures should open moderately lower, pressured by eroding cash sales and imploding carcass value. Live and feeder contracts are likely to begin with mixed price action as traders cautiously monitor late-week cash potential.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Reversing from early gains, the cattle complex reversed to close sharply lower thanks to long liquidation and technical-selling. Lean hog issues also opened much better than they closed with nearbys generally losing ground to...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog futures should open Thursday moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and the premium of the cash index. Look for the cattle complex to begin with mixed prices thanks to a combination of residual buying and...

  • How does President Trump's $12 billion aid package compare to a dog chasing its own tail? (Photo by Lil Shepherd, CC BY 2.0)

    The Market's Fine Print

    While the $12 billion aid package proposed by the White House for farmers affected by tariffs is far from chump change, it represents a drop in the bucket compared with the preservation of long-term global trade, says DTN...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open mixed thanks to a combination of follow-through selling and pre-cash short-covering. Lean hogs are likely to begin moderately lower, checked by defensive fundamentals.