LIVESTOCK HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day
Frozen Chickens Could Push Poultry Prices Higher -- Market
10:19 ET - Severe winter cold and snow in the southern US led to
the loss of more than 1M chickens this month, but could ultimately
help meat companies by tightening up poultry supplies. Chicken
deaths reported this week by Sanderson Farms will largely be
covered by insurance, according to Stephens analysts, who expect
the positive effect on poultry prices to outweigh the losses. Other
chicken companies, including Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride,
haven't disclosed their own chicken losses. Reduced bird counts
come as the poultry market already has been rising, due partly to
fast-food chicken sandwich launches, industry executives say.
Wholesale chicken prices last week were up more than 48% from the
same week a year ago, JPMorgan estimates. (firstname.lastname@example.org;
Dairy Farm Troubles Continue -- Market Talk
12:06 ET - American dairy farms continue to decline, with
farmers facing another difficult year as rising grain prices boost
animal feed costs and gains in US milk production outstrip demand.
The US has been losing dairy farms for years as the country's
thirst for milk has waned, with the number of herds dropping 7%
last year, according to USDA. Still, milk production increased by
2% in 2020 as farmers added cows to their barns, setting up dairy
farmers for a challenging year as pandemic-dented demand recovers
more slowly, according to the National Milk Producers Federation.
However, the medium- to longer-term outlook is more optimistic,
NMPF says, thanks to record US dairy exports and expected increases
in dairy demand as restaurants reopen. (email@example.com;
STORIES OF INTEREST
Famous Dave's to Introduce Line-Service Prototype in
BBQ Holdings Inc.'s full-service barbecue chain Famous Dave's is
introducing a line-service prototype in September, seeking to
improve customer convenience and provide a more affordable model
BBQ Holdings reached an agreement with franchisee group DTSG to
open Famous Dave's Quick-Que' in Coon Rapids, Minn. BBQ Holdings
said last year's purchase of the cafeteria-style Real Urban BBQ
inspired the line-service model.
Corn Uptick Expected to Resume -- Market Talk
11:06 ET - Even with grains futures as a whole down, the
correction is expected to be short-lived, at least for corn. "We
would eventually like to be sellers of corn, but do not expect the
corn market to top out until sometime in the March/April time
period," Tomm Pfitzenmaier of Summit Commodity Brokerage says.
However, some amount of farmer selling for what old crop stocks
they have left may cause some volatility in corn prices. "As a
seller of corn, if you have cash flow needs, obviously these are
very good prices and making a few sales at these levels would be a
decision that would be hard to argue with," Pfitzenmaier adds. Corn
futures on the CBOT fall 1.1%. (firstname.lastname@example.org;
Livestock Futures Turn Lower -- Market Talk
1524 ET - Livestock futures close out trading on the downside
Friday, with the live cattle futures contract finishing off 1.4% to
$1.20 per pound and lean hog futures finishing 2.9% lower to 87.15
cents per pound. Beef and pork cutouts also drop today, according
to the USDA, with pork carcass cutouts falling 52 cents per
hundredweight to $94.61 per cwt mid-day, while boxed beef prices
also inch lower. For the week, cattle futures lose ground, shedding
2.2% since Monday. Hogs meanwhile finish 3% higher for the week.
Estimated U.S. Pork Packer Margin Index - Feb 26
All figures are on a per-head basis.
Date Standard Margin Estimated margin
Operating Index at vertically -
Feb 26 +$ 21.05 +$ 63.76
Feb 25 +$ 26.70 +$ 68.08
Feb 24 +$ 23.52 +$ 60.77
* 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 116.6
(Percent of Year-Ago) Select 115.7
USDA Boxed Beef, Pork Reports
Wholesale choice-grade beef prices Friday rose 14 cents per
hundred pounds, to $240.53, according to the USDA. Select-grade
prices rose 94 cents per hundred pounds, to $229.73. The total load
count was 59. Wholesale pork prices fell $2.01, to $92.06 a hundred
pounds, based on Omaha, Neb., price quotes.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
February 26, 2021 17:36 ET (22:36 GMT)
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