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ANALYSIS: Pork Butts See Significant Pressure After Memorial Day
Substantial pressure continues to be noted throughout the fresh pork complex with bone-in butts seeing considerable losses in just...
ANALYSIS: A Bird’s Eye View of YTD Chicken Production
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The Trip Back to 'Normal' Slaughter Levels
Tuesday, May 26th, was a relative milestone for the hog industry as of late. The day’s kill was estimated at 405,000 head, the first time daily slaughter reached the 400,000 mark since April 17th. While this is a small victory, it is a victory nonetheless for an industry that has seen a precipitous drop in chain speeds due to COVID-19. The last time hog slaughter was near ‘normal’ was the week ended April 18th. Just two months ago, the industry achieved the largest daily hog slaughter on record at 500,879 head. As worker absenteeism and plant shutdowns disrupted chain speeds drastically during the last week of April, daily kill dropped to as low as 267,367 head, nearly 47% off its peak.
It has been a slow but steady climb back to ‘normal’ slaughter levels. The improvement in production capabilities during the latest five weeks has helped nudge last week’s kill to over 2 million head. Early indications for this Saturday’s slaughter are pushing...
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Russell Barton joins the show (from a distance) to discuss the unprecedented volatility in the pork market due to COVID-19. This segment covers retail, foodservice, unemployment, exports, and more...
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As the immediate shock of COVID-19 begins to subside, market participants look to the stats in an attempt to...
PODCAST: Scrambling for Eggs? Volatility In the Egg Market
This week Laura returns to the show to discuss the volatility in the egg market due to Covid-19 with Brian Moscogiuri. They cover supply issues, retail demand, typical seasonal factors, and more...
ANALYSIS: Coping with Production Excesses
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ANALYSIS: Fresh Pork Roller Coaster
Historically in the pork market, the degree of volatility seen recently was almost exclusively earmarked for the belly component. However, as the industry reacts to the quickly evolving...
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