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Beetles halt U.S. DDGs exports to Thailand

Chicago | Reuters — Exports of U.S. distillers’ dried grains to Thailand have stopped due to new fumigation requirements installed after beetles were discovered in a shipment last year, U.S. traders said on Friday. Thai government officials said U.S. shipments required certificates showing they had been “properly fumigated.” Traders said sales had effectively been halted […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle weaken on profit-taking, hogs firmer

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures finished slightly lower on Monday as traders locked in profits in end-of-year position squaring, after prices earlier touched contract highs, traders said. Lean hog futures were mostly higher, buoyed by short-covering and position squaring on the final trading day of the month, quarter and year. Cattle futures […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle edge higher on technical buying, weather

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures edged higher on Friday, buoyed by technical buying and as wintry weather in the U.S. Plains hampered transportation of animals to market, traders and analysts said. Heavy snowfall, rains and falling temperatures in much of the central U.S. stressed livestock, likely slowing weight gains in […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle jump to contract highs

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures climbed to life-of-contract highs on Thursday as a storm brought blizzard-like conditions to much of the Plains cattle belt, stoking expectations of higher prices for the animals in cash markets, traders said. Heavy snow could impede transportation of cattle to market in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and elsewhere while […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle, hogs mostly higher on technical buying

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. livestock futures were mostly higher on Wednesday, with cattle buoyed by expectations for gains in cash markets while hogs climbed on short covering after staying above Monday’s six-week lows, traders and analysts said. Prices for both cattle and hogs moved in relatively narrow ranges on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) […] Read more

U.S. ethanol producers seek reforms as markets plunge, ADM sells

New York/Chicago | Reuters — U.S. ethanol producers stung by collapsing prices are seeking changes to the way benchmark values for the biofuel are established, arguing the current system used by exchanges is vulnerable to manipulation, according to sources. The push comes as the key farm belt industry struggles with weak demand growth, a loss […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle hit six-week high on technical buying

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures rose sharply for the second straight session on Wednesday, reaching a six-week high, on technical buying and expectations that beef packers would pay higher prices for cattle this week, traders said. Cattle futures had declined earlier on Tuesday before turning higher and then surpassing the previous session’s […] Read more