LIVESTOCK-CME lean hog futures climb on bullish pork export prospects


By Julie Ingwersen and Tom Polansek, Reuters

via Successful Farming/ - 9/11/2020


CHICAGO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - U.S. lean hog futures closed higher on Friday for a second session on expectations of increased export demand for U.S. pork after rival supplier Germany confirmed a case of African swine fever in a wild boar.


Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) October lean hog futures settled up 2.200 cents at 66.575 cents per pound after reaching 68.725 cents, the contract's highest since March 11. CME December hogs ended up 3.150 cents at 66.000 cents a pound.


Germany's agriculture ministry said on Friday that its exports to China, the world's top pork consumer, had stopped. South Korea has also banned German pork.


"That leaves Brazil and the United States best positioned to get that business," said Arlan Suderman, chief commodities economist for StoneX.


Increased sales to China could push up U.S. pork prices and prompt U.S. consumers to buy more beef, Suderman said. Expectations for stronger beef demand helped support CME cattle futures, he said...