Over the last few years, cattle and hog inventories have continued to rise in addition to record meat and chicken production. Warren Preston, Deputy Chief Economist at USDA, shares his thoughts on what's ahead for 2020.
Meat packer JBS USA says it will remove ractopamine, a growth drug banned by Beijing, from its U.S. hog supply, to maximize export opportunities as African swine fever (ASF) wreaks havoc on China’s pork industry.
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Friday drew pressure from funds that sold, or "rolled," June positions into back months before similar moves lasting five days beginning on Monday, said traders.
The U.S. red meat industry is optimistic about the opportunities ahead for U.S. pork and beef in Japan. Trump and Abe's announcement puts the U.S. on an even playing field with its competitors, Halstrom says.
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle nearby contracts on Wednesday were weakened by funds that sold, or "rolled," June positions into back months ahead of similar moves early next week, said traders.
Japan is the leading value destination for both U.S. beef and U.S. pork, says USMEF Economist Erin Borror, But, she cautioned that the competitive terrain in Japan has gotten steeper for U.S. red meat.
Conley Nelson, a pork producer from Iowa and general manager of Smithfield’s hog production division in the Midwest, will conclude his one-year term as the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) chair in November.