SwineCast update for February 4, 2010, Updates from Iowa and Minnesota pork expos

As we wrap up production on several of the presentations made to Minnesota and Iowa pork producers during the state meetings, we can share some upbeat conversations with producers looking ahead to profit potential in the futures markets. We are also sharing some of the conversations from the Banff Swine Conference, via correspondent Bruce Cochrane, so our listeners will get a feel for most the of North American production issues.

Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, is a popular speaker with humorous comments and market perspective. His outlook and presentations at Minnesota and Iowa are part of SwineCast coverage. In his most recent CME Daily Livestock Report, he notes a concern with recent Russian moves to close down US poultry exports. They blame a chlorine rinse used to enhance food safety... we see it as more of a opportunity to support their own home markets.

In any case, Steve notes "...our concerns and those of most of the trade center around the results of a similar Russian boycott in 2002. That episode actually began in March 2002 when Russia banned US chicken and exports dropped from 111.75 million pounds in March to 14.4 million pounds (-87 per cent) in April… The secondary damage of the 2002 disruptions occurred in the pork industry." Backing up poultry in the U.S. means pork prices will likely drop significantly, not something we want to see as we seek profitable margins this year.

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