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ANALYSIS: Bellies Travel Upward into PEDv Levels

Bellies have done little but march higher since the beginning of 2021. Currently, rekindled interest at foodservice locations as some states relax COVID-19 restrictions, along with...

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Apr 15 8:37 AM, Urner Barry



ANALYSIS: Chicken Index Product of Unprecedented Market Influencers

Over the past year, there have been very few stones left unturned as the industry and observers of it have navigated their way through unprecedented times. Presently, the chicken market is experiencing...

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Apr 15 8:37 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Production: Changing With the Times

The turkey industry has become accustomed to not getting too comfortable in their own shoes, at least for very long. Counting on external change to...

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Apr 14 8:24 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Apr 12 2:22 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Boxed Beef Cutout Surges at Record Pace to Start Year

Boxed beef prices have remained elevated to the start the year. In fact, demand has been...

 

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Apr 9 8:33 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Wings Head into Overtime

It isn’t often that chicken wings continue to command the limelight in Q2. But despite the conclusion of March Madness, and in the absence of any wing-centric holidays on the immediate horizon, the market...

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Apr 9 8:32 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Cash Cattle Slow to Rise Despite Soaring Beef Prices

Around this time last year, the pandemic drastically altered consumer buying behavior due to dining restrictions and...

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Apr 9 8:30 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Turkey Thigh Meats Get a Leg Up

With springtime now in full swing, seasonal outreach is beginning to develop...

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Apr 8 8:29 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Pork Ribs Soar into April

Pork ribs traditionally witness a rally starting in April which extends into the summer months as increased demand for grilling reaches its peak. This year however...

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Apr 7 8:25 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Apr 5 2:15 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: WOGS--How Quickly We Forget

It’s no secret that the vast majority of key lines within the chicken complex have performed quite admirably throughout Q1...

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Apr 5 8:28 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Easter Demand for Shell Eggs Not All It Was Cracked Up to Be

Since the start of last week, shell-egg prices have plunged 19% thanks to lackluster Easter demand and, in turn, mounting inventories...

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Apr 5 8:28 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Rearing to Go

For the second month this year, broiler type pullet placements have advanced considerably above 2020 levels...

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Mar 26 8:37 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage: Lending Credence to the Strong Market Climate

The latest release of February’s Cold Storage Report further validates the strong seasonal performance that most key lines within the turkey complex have exhibited...

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Mar 25 8:40 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: February Pork Cold Storage – Highlights and Concerns

Pork in cold storage has been in the spotlight since last Spring when COVID-19 outbreaks resulted in a swath of pork plant closures, and the lack of...

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Mar 24 8:28 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Mar 22 1:38 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Brown Shell-Egg Prices Decline for First Time Since Mid-July, as Demand Wanes

For the first time in seven months, brown shell-egg prices have come under pressure amid easing demand levels and mounting inventories. Northeast brown large plunged 6cts yesterday and another nickel today, as sellers – struggling to find an outlet for their surplus – have been forced to offload at a discount. At $2.23/dozen, values are down 4.7% on the week but still 47.0% higher than at this time last year...

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Mar 22 8:38 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Back-Half Items: An Unbroken Chain

Most key items within the chicken complex have exhibited an admirable seasonal performance so far this year and back half lines are by no means an exception...

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Mar 19 8:33 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Frozen Tom Breast Meat Values Buck Seasonal Norm

It isn't every year that the topic of frozen tom breast meat catches the eye of market participants this early in the "season"...

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Mar 18 8:17 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: All-Fresh Beef Retail Averages Record High in 2020

All-fresh beef retail values, the measure of prices of all beef quality grades in grocery stores as reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, averaged...

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Mar 16 8:26 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Year-to-Date Veal Slaughter at All-Time Lows

Veal slaughter has continued to witness lower than average slaughter since mid-March 2020 when COVID-19 began affecting...

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Mar 16 8:26 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Mar 15 1:45 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: MSC Enjoys Unseasonal Updraft in Value

It isn’t often that MSC takes the spotlight, especially so early in the year before seasonal springtime demand has a chance to fully develop, but...

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Mar 12 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Elevated Pork Retail Pricing to Start 2021

Retail demand for pork during COVID has remained heightened compared to years past due to the vast majority of foodservice locations closing or...

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Mar 11 8:28 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Mar 8 1:39 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Egg Prices Surge to 11-Month High on Strong Retail, Foodservice, Export Demand

A combination of retail, foodservice and export demand sent shell-egg prices soaring to an 11-month high this week. After holding steady for more than...

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Mar 8 8:30 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Boneless Breasts: Searching for Seasonality

Most key lines within the chicken complex have performed quite admirably so far this year and jumbo boneless breasts are no exception...

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Mar 8 8:29 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Cash Cattle Prices Are Stuck in Limbo

The weekly USDA five-area direct average fed steer price last week was $114.07/cwt, steady with the previous week but $0.78/cwt less than...

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Mar 5 8:24 AM, UB Newswires


Check Out the Latest UB Market Briefing, Now Available!

Breakdown the poultry, egg, red meat and seafood markets with exclusive analysis from UB Market Reporters

Urner Barry is the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry. Through daily canvasses of the trade and an unrivaled historical database, our analysts are uniquely positioned to report on the underlying conditions and significant disruptors to the market. In this Market Briefing, Urner Barry reporters outline the latest action in the commodity protein markets, highlighting...

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Mar 4 8:34 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: A Glance at End-January Pork and Beef Cold Storage Stocks

USDA monthly cold storage data released last week showed combined meat and poultry stocks held in the nation's freezer warehouses at the end of January at...

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Mar 2 8:24 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Pork Cold Storage Lingers at Low Levels

Total pork cold storage continues to linger around decade lows, creating a tight supply condition and a base layer of price support for a number of...

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Mar 2 8:23 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Mar 1 2:01 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: January Chicken Cold Storage Holdings: Talk About a Clean Sweep

Several months ago, we spoke about the near universal downturn exhibited in chicken cold storage figures and by the looks of the USDA’s most recent report, that same undertone...

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Feb 26 8:29 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: 2021 – A Strong Start for Pork Trim

Most pork trimmings have noted a fully adequate to modestly firmer tone throughout the start of 2021 due to strong demand and...

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Feb 25 8:31 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: An Early-Year Check-up on Turkey Cold Storage Holdings

As we turn the corner into late Q1, turkey market participants are peering into the freezer to evaluate how the supply side of the equation is fending so far this year...

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Feb 25 8:31 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Feb 22 2:24 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Q1 Production Outlook Lends Credence to Industry Expectations

The latest release of the USDA’s Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report is slow to raise any eyebrows as the ready-to-cook (RTC) production forecast of most key lines continues to...

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Feb 19 8:27 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Counter-seasonal Rally in Pork Belly Values

Pork bellies have noted a substantial gain since the start of the New Year, with a 41% increase from January 4th. Despite the foodservice end of the industry remaining limited, retail demand has continued to...

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Feb 19 8:26 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Tightened Supplies Help Push Cash Hog Prices Higher

Following a tumultuous year of predominately negative returns, the tides appear to be turning for...

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Feb 18 8:24 AM, UB Newswires


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Feb 15 2:45 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Shell Egg Prices Drop 10.5% WoW as Retail Demand Eases, Inventory Grows

U.S. shell egg prices fell 10.5% this week, thanks to easing retail demand and mounting inventory levels. While sources have been reporting fair to fairly good retail sales, they have...

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Feb 15 8:30 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Do Large Forward Sales Help Future Spot Prices -- Strip Loin Rally in 2021

The January rally in strip loins has been fierce, with gains of 27 percent so far since the start of the year, compared to...

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Feb 15 8:30 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Don’t Sleep on Chicken Leg Quarters

With chicken front half items continuing to be the talk of the town, it’s easy to overlook the slightly less exhilarating, albeit seasonally admirable, status of frozen leg quarters...

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Feb 12 8:33 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: The Effects of the Lenten Period on the Pork Carcass Cutout

Customarily during the Lenten period, fasting is one of the many religious traditions for those practicing the six and a half to seven-week preparation for...

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Feb 11 8:21 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Seasonal Trend Highlights Turkey Exports

Following a challenging and somewhat underwhelming year of turkey trade activity, the most recent monthly export figures through December 31st, displays a modest...

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Feb 11 8:21 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Steer Carcass Weights Begin 2021 in Contra-Seasonal Uptrend

Cattle feeders are currently contending with a large number of front-end supplies, as highlighted by the most recent USDA carcass weight data. The latest available information for the week ended January 23 showed...

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Feb 11 8:20 AM, UB Newswires


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Feb 8 4:18 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Have Wings Reached Their Ceiling?

With Superbowl LV just days away, football fanatics around the country are pulling for their team to win and be crowned the victor of the 2020 NFL season...

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Feb 5 8:30 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Thigh Meat Begins to Gain Seasonal Traction

Several months ago, we investigated the seemingly inverse price relationship between boneless pork ham and turkey thigh meat, and highlighted the record disparity of $1.13 that both lines achieved during Q4 2020...

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Feb 4 2:24 PM, Urner Barry


UB Consulting: Foodservice in Hindsight and Into the Future

Many predictions made back when the pandemic began became true for the protein industry. From the immediate assumption of a demand shift from foodservice to retail, or the...

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Feb 1 8:24 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Shell Egg Prices Surge to Nine-Month High Amid Demand Increases, Flock Rotations

Shell egg prices have climbed to the highest levels seen since mid-April, thanks to extraordinarily robust retail demand, strong international call and...

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Jan 29 8:32 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Boneless Chicken Breasts in the Crosshairs

One of the first things that any Econ student quickly gets acclimated with is how the quantity of a given commodity that manufacturers want to sell and the quantity of consumers who wish to buy, interact with one another...

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Jan 29 8:32 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage Prompts A Double Take

With another year under the turkey industry’s belt, players in the frozen whole bird sector are turning to the charts in an effort to hone their expectations for...

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Jan 28 8:23 AM, Urner Barry


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Jan 25 2:59 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: The Tug of War Between Chicken Wings and Boneless Breasts

During October of last year, we explored the growing price disparity between jumbo boneless breast quotations and jumbo-sized whole wings...

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Jan 22 8:41 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Whole Body Turkeys: Searching for a Seasonal Perch

With another year under the turkey industry’s belt, buyers and sellers of bagged birds are once again rolling up their sleeves as they...

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Jan 21 8:30 AM, Urner Barry


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Jan 18 2:02 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Pork Bellies Kicking Off 2021 with Volatility

Last year, the conversation in January for light and medium bellies focused on how depressed prices were going into 2020, with values starting the year...

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Jan 15 8:29 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Boneless Chicken Breasts Blaze the Seasonal Trail

Since the year’s outset, several key lines within the chicken white meat complex have experienced a considerable uptick in...

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Jan 15 8:28 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: November’s Turkey Export Figures Paint a Mixed Picture

Last month’s uptick in in total year-over-year turkey export tonnage was short-lived, as November’s figures fell back in line with...

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Jan 14 8:25 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Shell Egg Prices Rise Amid Strong Retail Demand, Seasonal Flock Rotations

After holding steady for more than two weeks, shell egg prices got a push to the upside today amid strong retail demand and...

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Jan 14 8:24 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Jan 11 1:29 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Wings Start Year Undefeated

With NFL playoff season at our doorstep, wing marketers are ordinarily gearing up as they prepare for one of the busiest quarters of the year...

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Jan 8 8:30 AM, Urner Barry


Jan 8 8:30 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Pork Pizza Toppings Ahead of Super Bowl

With the Superbowl roughly a month away, a considerable amount of market interest has been focused on pizza toppings. As COVID-19 continues to hamper plans for large gatherings, and therefore...

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ANALYSIS: Frozen Turkey Drums Continue to March Forward

Turkey marketers are welcoming 2021 with open arms thanks to the relatively admirable set of early-year trade conditions...

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Jan 7 8:23 AM, Urner Barry


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Jan 4 2:34 PM, Urner Barry


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Dec 28 1:12 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage: A November to Remember

With November in the rear-view mirror, the time has finally come for turkey market participants to peer into the freezer and assess...

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Dec 24 8:23 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Dec 21 1:43 PM, Urner Barry


UB Consulting: Assessing the Protein Landscape as 2020 Comes to a Close

In an attempt to close out a despairing year for the foodservice industry, we once again take a look at the indicators we have analyzed in past reports. Back in March 2020, industry estimates...

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Dec 21 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: WOGs - A Year in Review

With 2021 right around the corner, chicken market participants are taking a step away from the day-to-day to assess how the year has shaped up...

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Dec 18 6:55 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Update on German Pork Exports in Wake of ASF Outbreak

African Swine Fever case counts in Germany have exceeded 200, according to some sources. Since finding the first case of ASF on...

 

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Dec 17 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: The Impact of External Variables on the Turkey Hatch

In retrospect, the turkey market landscape has shifted dramatically in only a couple short years...

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Dec 17 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


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Dec 14 1:30 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: A Closer Look at the Seasonality of the Round Primal

Currently, the round primal looks as if it is finding its seasonal demand which has moved prices higher into...

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Dec 14 8:23 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chiming In on Chicken Leg Quarters

Those with exposure to chicken back half items are no stranger to this year’s uninspiring and highly volatile trade environment...

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Dec 11 12:50 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Exports Find Some Q4 Lift

After nine months of consecutive year-over-year reductions in total turkey export volume, October marks...

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Dec 10 8:24 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Pork Butts at Decade Lows for December

Bone-in pork butts have witnessed pressure in the market since the beginning of October, following almost...

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Dec 9 8:19 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: UPDATE Lamb and Mutton Production Hit All-Time Lows

Yearly production remains a prominent factor for lamb and mutton on the domestic front as continued...

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Dec 9 8:19 AM, Urner Barry


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Dec 7 2:12 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: The Q4 Chill: Assessing Chicken Cold Storage Inventories

The most recent release of the Cold Storage Report generally coincides with the day-to-day happenings of the chicken market, while at the same time...

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Dec 7 8:12 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Australian Beef and Veal Exports to USA Hit Record Low in November

This week the Australian Department of Agriculture (DAFF) reported total beef and veal shipments to the United States at...

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Dec 4 8:20 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Cash Cattle Prices Could See Pressure in Q1

Boxed beef prices appear to be seasonally topping after staging an impressive rally throughout November. Although some primals continue to be...

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Dec 3 8:20 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: What’s Next for Whole Body Turkeys?

After processors successfully marketed their whole body tom and hen production and the fruits of their labor are being enjoyed, they now shift their attention...

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Dec 3 8:20 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Nov 30 2:02 PM, Urner Barry




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