The Market's Fine Print
John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Thu Aug 1, 2013 10:59 AM CDT

Like the qualified greatness of Roger Maris, Mark McGwire, and Barry Bonds, red meat demand through the summer of 2013 will forever be suspiciously tagged in the record books with a big fat asterisk.

Well, at least in my record book.

Even in a reasonable world of measurable hunger and ambition (i.e., where Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer are too embarrassed to campaign outside the monastery), the market force of demand can be extremely difficult to assess, let alone project. Unlike its simpleton twin "supply" whose predictable nature is largely a function of biology and country store arithmetic, demand often ...

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