Hog futures declined on speculation that supplies of U.S. pork are outpacing demand. Cattle prices rose.
Yesterday, wholesale pork fell the most in more than a week, and meatpackers processed 431,000 hogs, up 17 percent from a year earlier, U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed. On Jan. 11, the agency said that pork output will be 23.302 billion pounds (10.6 million metric tons) this year, up 2.2 percent from a December estimate.
“We’re seeing supplies still a little burdensome,” Paul Beere, a grain and livestock adviser at Prime Agricultural Consultants in Brookfield, Wisconsin, said in a telephone interview. “If there’s still a big bulge in supply because of more production and higher weights, we’re going to see prices continue to push lower.”
Hog futures for April settlement fell 0.2 percent to 87.7 cents a pound at 9:51 a.m. on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Wholesale pork declined 0.6 percent yesterday to 83.42 cents a pound, the biggest drop since Jan. 2.
Cattle futures for April delivery rose 0.1 percent to $1.34825 a pound in Chicago.
Feeder-cattle futures for March settlement gained 0.1 percent to $1.51525 a pound.
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