LIVESTOCK HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day
China's Hog Herd Rebuild Could Push Up Demand for US Agriculture
-- Market Talk
China has been active buying US exports, a trend that has
continued today with 132,000 metric tons of soybeans being sold
there for delivery in 2020/21 marketing year. One factor that may
be adding to the demand for US agriculture in China is the
rebuilding of hog herds in China decimated by African swine fever.
"Food waste is massive in China, where the culture prides itself in
extravagant meals," explains Arlan Suderman of StoneX. "There was a
whole industry created to channel this food waste to hog farms
prior to ASF, but that is now illegal due to the risk of spreading
ASF. That food waste must be replaced, with corn and soymeal the
primary components doing the job." Corn and soybean futures on the
CBOT are down Tuesday. (email@example.com; @kirkmaltais)
STORIES OF INTEREST
Wheat Drops on Larger World Supplies
Wheat for December delivery fell 1.4% to $5.38 1/4 a bushel on
the Chicago Board of Trade Tuesday, amid indications of higher
Black Sea wheat supply.
Corn for December delivery fell 1% to $3.66 a bushel.
Soybeans for November delivery fell 0.8% to $9.91 1/2 a
Cracker Barrel Warns That Weather Could Cool Outdoor Dining --
1436 ET - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store skips giving full
guidance for its fiscal year that began Aug. 1, and finance chief
Jill Golder says the company is taking a cautious approach amid the
pandemic. "There continues to be much uncertainty around consumer
willingness to revisit full-service restaurants as well as our
ability to continue front-porch dining in the fall and winter," she
told investors earlier Tuesday. The front-operation that Cochran
mentioned is an initiative rolled out to about 350 stores to help
increase capacity by adding five to six tables, according to
Golder. But that kind of outdoor dining likely will be curtailed as
the weather cools off, she adds. Shares off 3.9%.
Cracker Barrel Testing Catering, Grab-And-Go Operations --
15:11 ET - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store plans to convert a
location in Indianapolis into a kitchen focused on catering, CEO
Sandra Cochran told investors on an earnings call earlier. That
store will attempt to build out a catering business and potentially
offer menu items that other locations may not have the equipment
for, expertise or time to produce, she says. The company is also
going to test offering grab-and-go food. Other restaurant chains
are also experimenting with new formats and stores as the pandemic
hampers demand and sales. Brinker International launched a
chicken-wing delivery business called It's Just Wings, a so-called
virtual brand, out of about 1.1K Chili's and Maggiano's locations,
while Yum Brands is rolling out a new design for Taco Bell
emphasizing to-go and digital ordering. (firstname.lastname@example.org;
Hog Futures Decline Extends -- Market Talk
15:03 ET - Lean hog futures on the CME finished down 0.8% to
63.05 cents per pound. Futures prices followed pork cutouts lower
yesterday, but they've since rebounded - with carcass prices rising
$6.64 per hundredweight to $86.35 per cwt through the end of
business today. "With the market at a big premium to the cash
market, and the technical overbought condition of the market, we
cannot rule out a significant pullback short-term," says RJO
Futures. Meanwhile, live cattle futures finished trading 0.2%
higher at $1.071 per pound. (email@example.com;
Estimated U.S. Pork Packer Margin Index - Sep 15
This report reflects U.S. pork packer processing margins. The margin indices
are calculated using current cash hog or carcass values and wholesale pork
cutout values and may not reflect actual margins at the plants. These
estimates reflect the general health of the industry and are not meant to
be indicative of any particular company or plant.
Source: USDA, based on Wall Street Journal calculations
All figures are on a per-head basis.
Date Standard Margin Estimated margin
Operating Index at vertically -
Sep 15 +$ 45.19 +$ 52.91
Sep 11 +$ 53.58 +$ 46.20
Sep 10 +$ 53.11 +$ 44.89
* Based on Iowa State University's latest estimated cost of production.
A positive number indicates a processing margin above the cost of
production of the animals.
This report compares the USDA's latest beef carcass composite
values as a percentage of their respective year-ago prices.
For Today Choice 97.9
(Percent of Year-Ago) Select 104.9
USDA Boxed Beef, Pork Reports
Wholesale choice-grade beef prices Tuesday fell $1.12 per
hundred pounds, to $216.09, according to the USDA. Select-grade
prices fell $1.48 per hundred pounds, to $206.28. The total load
count was 159. Wholesale pork prices rose $4.92, to $83.68 a
hundred pounds, based on Omaha, Neb., price quotes.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
September 15, 2020 17:31 ET (21:31 GMT)
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