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ANALYSIS: Keeping Tabs on the Q1 Protein Production Trend

In light of this week’s uninspiring level of spot trade activity, we thought it would be a good opportunity to venture away from the day-to-day in favor of a broader view of...

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Feb 21 8:18 AM, Urner Barry



ANALYSIS: And the Year-End Export Figures Are...

The most recent release of the USDA’s export data paints a fairly choppy year-end picture to the turkey side of the business...

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Feb 20 8:20 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Feb 17 3:01 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: An Initial 2020 Chicken Production Assessment

With the first couple weeks of 2020 under the industry’s collective belt, we thought it would be a good opportunity to check in on the slaughter stats...

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Feb 14 8:34 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Checking In On February’s Turkey Prices

Those in attendance at the National Turkey Federation Meeting this week are sure to be discussing the current state of the market and...

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Feb 13 9:22 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: A Post-Football Wing Assessment

In the thirty days following Superbowl Sunday, wing values have traditionally glided back down to regular levels...

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Feb 7 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: The Seasonal Price Floor of Whole Body Toms

Each year following the International Production and Processing Exposition (IPPE), players get down to business...

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Feb 6 9:00 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter 

 

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Feb 3 3:35 PM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Jan 27 3:08 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Cold Storage: The Year-End Figures Are In

After a great deal of anticipation, chicken market participants and observers finally get a glimpse of the year-end 2019 Cold Storage Report...

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Jan 24 8:21 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: US Table-Laying Hen Flock Climbs to Near-Record Level

U.S. egg production totaled 9.8 billion during December 2019, up 4% from last year, according to the USDA’s monthly Chicken and Eggs report released this week. The number of hens laying table or market type eggs rose to...

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Jan 24 8:20 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Thigh Meat and Boneless Pork Ham Values: Raising the Bar 

While turkey thigh meat and boneless pork hams typically trade independently of one another here in the States, upon moving south of the border, these two proteins often...

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Jan 23 8:54 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Jan 20 2:57 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Weights – Onward and Upward

It almost goes without saying that when it comes to commodity valuation, there is no shortage of variables which have the potential to influence the supply and demand sides of the equation...

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Jan 17 8:17 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: An Off-Season Breast Meat Assessment

Turkey breast meat is no stranger to seasonal fluctuations in value. From an historical perspective, spot prices tend to reach their annual peak in late Q3 and...

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Jan 16 10:39 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectatons for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Jan 13 3:11 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Weighing in on WOGs

As chicken market participants get their first glimpse of the 2020 trade environment, we thought it would be a great opportunity to check in on what has, so far, proven to be...

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Jan 10 8:19 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Comparing the Rise & Fall of Holiday Rib Values

We closed off the last two months of 2019 seeing ribs continue to fall in price, leaving many to wonder when they would reach their bottom. Seasonally, the rib primal begins to collapse after the holiday buying season. The seasonal trend stayed true to course; however...

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Jan 9 9:26 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: A Turkey White Meat Comparison

From an historical standpoint, fresh breeder meat is currently enjoying a price relationship with fresh tom breast meat that is closer than it has been for most of the past decade...

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Jan 9 9:24 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: US Shell-Egg Inventories Climb to Record-High Levels

Total shell-egg stocks on hand soared 6.6% to a record-high 2.051 million cases this week, according to the USDA’s latest inventory report, released yesterday afternoon. Shell eggs alone increased...

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Jan 8 3:59 PM, Urner Barry


REPORTER: UK Egg Production Reaches All-time High

The UK’s egg packing station throughput reached another all-time record during Q3 reaching 7,998 thousand cases of eggs, up 3.6% year-on-year, according to...

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Jan 8 8:21 AM, Urner Barry


 

CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Jan 6 2:37 PM, Urner Barry


REPORTER: Packing Plant Fire Causes Loss of Capacity, Leading to Record Margins

Boxed beef margins pierced through record levels driven by the reaction to the Tyson Food’s Holcomb, Kansas plant fire late Friday, August 9, 2019, and closure of the facility for an extended, unknown period. Before we expand on that...

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Jan 3 8:20 AM, Urner Barry


Reporter: Egg Prices Jump More Than 60% Ahead of the Holidays

This article was originally featured in the Winter 2020 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.
 
 
US shell egg prices rose sharply heading into the 2019 holiday season. From the lows seen in the middle of October, the benchmark Midwest large quote jumped more than...
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Jan 2 8:53 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Dec 30 3:00 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Storage on a Predictable Path

Other than the dialogue related to China and the impact it has already had on trade sentiment and market values, the backdrop of chatter is still...

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Dec 27 8:20 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: A Chicken Production Assessment

With just under two weeks to go before the new year is upon us, it’s safe to say that 2019 has proven to be an historic period for chicken production...

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Dec 20 9:11 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Whole Body Turkeys: Testing the Seasonal Floor

Although the focus of consumers has shifted away from whole body toms and hens and back toward competing proteins, turkey industry participants remain...

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Dec 19 8:46 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Boneless Chicken Breasts and the New Norm

If we had to choose one item in the chicken market which has been most highly impacted by the deeply rooted industry trend of heavier and heavier bird weights, it would have to be...

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Dec 13 8:51 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Weighing in on Toms

One of the more perplexing characteristics of the 2019 breast meat market is the fact that since the year opened, no seasonal appreciation in value developed. What makes it more interesting is...

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Dec 12 8:14 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Dec 9 3:23 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Digging into 2019’s YTD Production Stats

With 2020 just around the corner, chicken market participants take some time to reflect on how this year has played out, so far...

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Dec 6 8:17 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Evaluating the Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Trade Environment

With the Thanksgiving dust starting to settle, turkey market participants have begun to shift their attention toward the road ahead as they ponder...

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Dec 5 8:19 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Nov 25 2:22 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: All Eyes on the West

With China once again opening their door to US poultry imports, we thought it would be a great opportunity to take a step back to assess the performance of legs and leg quarters throughout the years...

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Nov 22 8:41 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Retail Ad Exposure on The Rise

With just over one short week to go before Thanksgiving is upon us, it’s safe to say that turkey marketers have their hands full as they work to box and ship fresh bird commitments and fulfill any last-minute orders of frozen toms and hens...

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Nov 21 8:37 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Deciphering Chicken Dark Meat

News of China lifting its five-year ban on U.S poultry and therefore granting access to more than a billion dollars’ worth of potential export business for chicken and chicken products is making the rounds...

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Nov 15 8:32 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Export Volume Continues to Outpace 2018

Despite a 6.06 million-pound decline in total turkey export volume from the month prior, September marks the sixth consecutive month of YoY advancements in overall export tonnage...

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Nov 14 8:33 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Nov 11 3:46 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Price Check: Feeling the Pressure

With just two months to go before 2020 is upon us the year’s macro trends are revealing themselves...

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Nov 8 8:39 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Price Check: Looking Up

Despite the stable and uneventful state of the turkey market, it might be surprising how fruitful a year it’s been for those on the selling side of the equation...

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Nov 7 8:24 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Egg Prices Rally Nearly 60%



US shell egg prices have risen sharply over the last three weeks. From the lows seen in the middle of October, the benchmark Midwest large quote has jumped...

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Nov 6 8:19 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: China Trade Talks Suggest a Light is at the End of the Tunnel

Current trade discussions between the US and China stand to benefit the US poultry industry which has been unable to export to China since 2015...

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Nov 1 8:40 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Reaping Rewards: A New Time For Turkey

As October winds down, naturally more attention is being paid to toms and hens as the seasonal spotlight once again casts some light onto the turkey industry...

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Oct 31 8:36 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter


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Oct 28 1:35 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Cold Storage and Pullet Placements Paint Mixed Picture

With September’s YoY chicken inventories dropping by about 4.5%, the most recent release of the USDA’s Cold Storage Report has caught the attention of market participants...

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Oct 25 8:50 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Holdings Tell a Seasonal Tale

Keeping in line with what spot market activity suggests, the latest release of the USDA’s Cold Storage Report paints a seasonal picture...

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Oct 24 8:18 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Weighing In On Chicken Wings

In light of the attention that chicken wings have received recently, we thought it would be a great opportunity to check in on the various factors currently impacting the market...

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Oct 18 8:45 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: A Return to the Seasonal Norm

As we inch towards Thanksgiving and participants eagerly await fill-in business to develop, the return of seasonality this year has caught the attention of industry veterans who were beginning to forget what it looked like...

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Oct 17 8:33 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Slaughter 

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Oct 14 3:44 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: All Eyes on Chicken Production

As chicken market participants navigate through the final quarter of 2019, they turn to the stats in an effort to better assess the various market influences that they face within the current trade environment...

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Oct 11 8:38 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Tallying Up Turkey Export Tonnage

With August marking the fifth consecutive month of YoY advancements in total turkey export volume, it’s safe to say that, so far, 2019 has proven to be...

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Oct 10 8:31 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Oct 7 3:04 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Keeping Tabs on Key Market Factors

In light of an underwhelming level of spot buying and selling activity within the chicken complex, we thought it would be a great opportunity to check in on some of the major influencers to see what impact they are having on the market...

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Oct 4 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Production Tug of War

As we enter Q4, and without any significant hurdles between now and Thanksgiving, marketers of retail packaged turkeys are gearing up for a seasonally hectic pace associated with fulfilling and delivering voluminous holiday orders...

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Oct 3 8:23 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Sep 30 3:10 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Checking in on Chicken in Cold Storage

Monday’s release of the USDA’s Cold Storage Report helps to reinforce many of the key market observations which we reported on throughout the month of August...

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Sep 27 8:58 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Keeping Tabs on Frozen Turkey Inventory

Monday’s release of the USDA’s Cold Storage Report for the period ending August 31st marks the fifth consecutive month of YoY reductions of total frozen turkey holdings...

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Sep 26 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Shell-Egg Inventories Jump 3.5% from Last Week; Up 12.9% from Last Year

Shell-egg supplies climbed 3.5% to 1.517 million cases last week, according to the USDA’s latest round of inventory data, released yesterday afternoon. This marks the...

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Sep 25 3:38 PM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Sep 23 4:45 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Examining 2019’s Production Expectations

In light of this week’s relatively subdued level of spot trade activity within the chicken marketplace, we thought it would be a good opportunity to step away from the day-to-day in favor of a mile-high glimpse of 2019’s protein production outlook...

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Sep 20 10:01 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Checking In On The Turkey Hatch

When it comes to turkey poult placements, 2019 has consistently trended below 2018 levels and August was no exception...

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Sep 19 8:15 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Hog Slaughter

The Urner Barry hog slaughter poll for the week ending 9/21/19 resulted in an average industry participant response of 2,588,000 head...

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Sep 16 4:07 PM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter 

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Sep 16 2:12 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Exports: A Strong Start to Q3

July’s export figures bring some much-needed clarity to a market which has been riddled with political trade tension and cross-protein competition, mostly in the form of increased outbound shipments of chicken...

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Sep 13 8:15 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Beefing Up Turkey Exports

Despite positive performance in the latest turkey export figures, they still fell short of the buoyed expectations fueled by the Japan trade agreement back in...

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Sep 12 8:14 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expecations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter 

 

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Sep 9 2:20 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Another Day, Another Chicken

Keeping in line with what has, so far, been an historic year for production, the pullet placement figures suggest that even more broilers will be in the cards moving forward...

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Sep 6 8:18 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Balancing the Supply and Demand Scale

Without any major food-oriented holidays left between now and Thanksgiving, whole bird market participants turn their attention toward November in anticipation of what’s to come... 

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Sep 5 8:17 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Sep 3 3:01 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: A Clear Trend Toward More Efficient Chicken Weights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With YTD ready-to-cook production continuing to trend upward by about 2% when compared to 2018, and in the absence of any major deviations in what has been a fairly lackluster set of demand patterns for chicken recently, we thought it would be a good time to turn our attention to the supply side of the equation...

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Aug 30 9:15 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Gearing Up for Turkey Season

As we enter the final stretch of Q3, turkey market participants put their game faces on as whole bird season gets its second wind...

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Aug 29 9:04 AM, Urner Barry


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Aug 26 2:03 PM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Record Low Medium Breast Meat Values: What's Happening at Retail?

When it comes to the former, the USDA Fresh Chicken Retail Feature Activity shows that current total chicken featuring resides well below the seven-year average, including 2018, a year which was certainly one to forget for those marketing fresh chicken parts...

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Aug 23 8:19 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: RTC Production: A Comparison Between Monthly and Weekly Data

As illustrated by our chart, monthly YTD ready-to-cook tonnage and the data derived from the weekly slaughter report have generally followed a similar rate of increase. The monthly data however, has consistently tended above the monthly RTC figures...

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Aug 22 9:45 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Cold Storage Holdings: A Prognosticator of Wing Performance?

As preseason football season gets underway, fans are beginning to flock to their local drinking hole to watch the game and enjoy America’s favorite finger food: chicken wings. Taking a look at inventory levels and price reaction in the period leading up to...

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Aug 16 8:28 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Turkey Thigh Meat and Boneless Pork Hams At a Crossroads

From an historical standpoint, marketers of turkey thigh meat and boneless pork ham are no strangers to some cross-protein rivalry...

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Aug 15 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: “Smart” Poultry Houses Influential in Seasonally Heavy Bird Weights

When it comes to commodity valuation, there are numerous internal and external variables which have the capacity to influence the supply and demand sides of the equation...

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Aug 9 9:39 AM, Urner Barry




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