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

    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...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open higher, supported by friendly on feed numbers and follow-through buying interest. Conversely, lean hog issues should open on a mixed basis tied to residual selling interest on one hand and...

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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.