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Cattle futures drop after record buy-ins by feedlots

...but the premium of near-dated cattle futures soars, on ideas it will take time for feedlots' buying wave to result in raised beef supplies

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Hedge funds extend ag selling spree to second-longest on record
... raising some ideas that grain prices are vulnerable to a rebound. One commentator likens the wheat market to a geyser poised to blow
'Burst of activity' in English land market misses livestock farms
Values of arable land have extended a recovery, amid a "flurry" of deals, Strutt & Parker says. But there is a stock of unsold livestock farms
Banks and hedge funds aligned on poor wheat price prospects
... but they diverge on the outlook for cocoa and soybean futures, on which banks are more optimistic. Hedge funds are more upbeat on cotton
Hedge funds turn net bearish on ags - spurring hopes for price spikes
Hedge funds open up a net short in ags for the first time in a year. But with weather a perennial threat to sowings, could they be wrong-footed?
Rabobank casts cloud over prospects for live cattle prices
Higher slaughter rates, and rivalry from poultry supplies boosted by the fallout from bird flu, will keep a lid on cattle values, the bank says
Irrigated land values in US cotton, beef heartland near record levels
The Dallas Fed also sees ranchland prices at second-highest level on record, despite growing pressure from coyotes, bobcats, and feral hogs
Beef prices, wheat crop, threatened by 'troubling' Aussie forecast
A 'concerning' forecast, and the possibility El Nino, could cut wheat production and prompt beef herd liquidation, NAB says
Brazilian protein shares rally after China lifts import ban
A swift resolution to Chinese and Egyptian bans on imports of Brazilian meat amid the "weak flesh" scandal supports shares in protein groups
Cal-Maine still suffering effects of previous bird flu outbreak
Egg production in the US has recovered, but not demand, even as new cases of bird flu are reported
Hedge funds cut bullish ag bets, as 'Trumpflation trade' reverses
Hedge funds cut their net long in ags to the lowest in nearly a year. But heavy selling in grains could make for big price swings later this week
Margin prospects 'better for beef packers than pork processors'
So says MetLife, flagging a boost to hog price prospects from growth in pork plant capacity. Still, it is beef packers which started 2017 weakly
Downturn in European ag machinery market 'to end this year'
Sales of agricultural equipment could actually grow in 2017, as demand in Eastern Europe booms, industry group Cema says
Feature
Rare fund anomaly makes feeder cattle futures a 'potential buy'

... at least according to Societe Generale, which unveils a fresh way of analysing fund position data, introducing the "mismatch"

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