U.S. livestock: Hog futures rally for second day


Mark Weinraub, Reuters

via GFM Network News/Glacier FarmMedia Feed/Canadian Cattlemen - Published: March 11, 2019


Chicago | Reuters –– U.S. lean hog futures rallied 3.7 per cent on Monday to their highest level since January, with strength in the cash market leading the way, traders said.


But cattle futures weakened, setting back from Friday’s gains amid plentiful supplies.


Chicago Mercantile Exchange April lean hogs settled 2.3 cents higher at 62.85 cents/lb. (all figures US$). April hogs peaked at 63.5 cents, their highest since Jan. 24.


June hogs closed up 1.775 cents at 79.95 cents.


“There is obviously a lot of technical buying,” said Doug Houghton, analyst with Brock Associates Inc. “There is anticipation of seasonal strength in cash prices.”


The closely watched cash pork carcass cutout price was up $1.38 on Monday at $66.42/cwt.


Concerns about African swine fever in China boosting the country’s demand for imports of U.S. supplies also lent support to hog futures.


Chinese hog prices marched to their highest in 14 months on Monday and look set to keep rising after weeks of gains, analysts and producers said, as the worst disease outbreak to hit the country’s vast pig herd in years chops supply.


About one million pigs have been culled in China as the country tries to contain the disease that has spread to 111 confirmed cases in 28 provinces and regions.


Chicago Mercantile Exchange April live cattle ended 0.675 cent lower at 129 cents/lb.


Feeder cattle also dropped...