LIVESTOCK HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day

Features Dow Jones Newswires

TOP STORIES

Continue Reading Below

In the Land of Milk and Money, Dairy Boom Feeds Environmental Fears

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand--This South Pacific country markets itself to international tourists as "100% pure," but a rapid expansion of its dairy industry is endangering its clean, green image.

The shift threatens to pit the nation's No. 2 export, tourism, against dairy, its No. 1.

"Agriculture is the major cause of issues we have with fresh water," said John Quinn, chief freshwater scientist at the country's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. "Dairying is part of that."

Dairy Auction Seen Underscoring Positive NZD Story -- Market Talk

Continue Reading Below

2050 GMT - The Kiwi is in a holding pattern nearer the bottom of its 5-day range, but conversely near the top of the trend down-channel. Should it indeed be in a downtrend? ANZ isn't convinced given the USD's woes, but a spirited break through resistance at 0.7250 would be a bearish sign, the firm says. "New Zealand's story is pretty good, and we expect tomorrow's GDT auction to underscore that, with prices up around 3%." (ben.collins@wsj.com)

STORIES OF INTEREST

Eco Animal Health Receives Turkey Approval For Chicken Treatment

LONDON-- ECO Animal Health Group PLC (EAH.LN) Monday said it has received a marketing authorization from Turkey's Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock for the use of its Aivlosin granules in chickens laying eggs for human consumption.

Soybeans Drop Lower; Wheat and Corn Bounce

Corn markets reversed course to end higher Monday after it running out of sellers who pummeled corn prices following bearish data last week from the USDA.

CBOT corn for September delivery rose 0.6% to end at $3.62 a bushel on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange. September wheat was up 0.4% at $4.41 a bushel and August soybeans fell 1.1% to $9.25 a bushel.

FUTURES MARKETS

Cattle Futures Fall On Prospect of Swelling Supplies; Lean Hogs Slump

Live cattle futures fell Monday as traders anticipated swelling future supplies of beef.

CME live cattle for August fell 0.8% to end at $1.10 a pound, the sixth down day in seven sessions for the most active contract.

"Somehow the market forgot that we had eight months of very heavy placements and instead had been looking at short term issues like the spring rally in cattle," said Rich Nelson, chief strategist at brokerage Allendale Inc.

CASH MARKETS

Zumbrota, Minn Hog $1.00 Lower At $50.00 - Aug 14

Barrow and gilt prices at the Zumbrota, Minn., livestock market today

are $1.00 lower at $50.00 per hundredweight.

Sow prices are $3.00-$4.00 lower. Sows weighing under 450 pounds are

$60.00-$62.00, 400-450 pounds are at $60.00-$62.00, 450-500 pounds are

$60.00-$62.00 and those over 500 pounds are $64.00-$66.00.

The day's total run is estimated at 100 head.

Prices are provided by the Central Livestock Association.

Estimated U.S. Pork Packer Margin Index - Aug 14

All figures are on a per-head basis.

Date Standard Margin Estimated margin

Operating Index at vertically -

integrated operations

*

Aug 14 +$28.06 +$ 71.35

Aug 11 +$28.01 +$ 71.50

Aug 10 +$28.21 +$ 73.78

* Based on Iowa State University's latest estimated cost of production.

A positive number indicates a processing margin above the cost of

production of the animals.

Beef-O-Meter

This report compares the USDA's latest beef carcass composite

values as a percentage of their respective year-ago prices.

Beef

For Today Choice 98.7

(Percent of Year-Ago) Select 101.9

USDA Boxed Beef, Pork Reports

Wholesale choice-grade beef prices Monday fell 68 cents per hundred pounds, to $198.92, according to the USDA. Select-grade prices rose 32 cents per hundred pounds, to $196.44. The total load count was 118. Wholesale pork prices fell 7 cents, to $93.59 a hundred pounds, based on Omaha, Neb., price quotes.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

August 14, 2017 17:40 ET (21:40 GMT)