CME: Cattle futures end higher; hogs extend slide

Slowdowns at packing plants continue to cause worries
calendar icon 12 January 2022
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But worries about slowdowns at packing plants due to worker shortages continued to hang over the market, limiting rallies, reported Reuters.

CME February live cattle futures settled up 1.425 cents at 137.675 cents per pound, while April futures rose 0.625 cent to end at 141.200 cents.

CME March feeder cattle futures ended up 1 cent at 166.350 cents per pound.

US beef processors killed 114,000 cattle on Tuesday, up from 113,000 on Monday and above Friday's tally of 112,000 head, the smallest weekday kill since October.

Cash cattle traded lightly in Texas and Kansas at $137 per hundredweight, traders said, down about $1 from last week's trades.

CME lean hog futures fell for a third straight session, with the benchmark February contract down 0.525 cent at 77.850 cents a pound.

Brokers awaited several key grain reports due Wednesday from the USDA, including a monthly supply/demand report along with quarterly US grain stocks and a survey of U.S. winter wheat seedings for 2022.

In world news, Latvia reported 19 cases of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars across the country in the past week, and Hungary reported outbreaks in nine wild boars, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said.

Last week, ASF was confirmed in a wild boar in Italy's Piedmont region. African swine fever is harmless to humans but often fatal to pigs, leading to financial losses for farmers.

In Thailand, authorities said ASF had been detected in a swab sample collected at a slaughterhouse, marking the country's first official confirmation of the disease.

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