HOG PRICE STEADY
Cash hogs traded steady to $1 lower across the U.S. Midwest early Sept. 20 as supplies continued to tighten.
Speculation continued that tightening supply was due to herd culling after porcine epidemic diarrhea virus outbreaks on some farms.
Supply tightening was also seen after the industry cut back the use of Paylean, a feed additive that boosts hog weights as the animals near slaughter, market sources said.
Iowa-southern Minnesota hogs traded steady at $72 US per hundredweight delivered to packing plants.
The estimated pork cut-out value was $100.26 Sept. 20, up from $98.16 Sept. 13.
Estimated weekly U.S. slaughter to Sept. 20 was 2.15 million, down from 2.17 million the previous week. Last year’s total was 2.16 million.
The Canadian Bison Association said Grade A bulls in the desirable weight range averaged $3.50 Cdn per pound hot hanging weight with sales to $3.70.
Grade A heifers sold at $3.45 with sales to $3.55.
Animals older than 30 months and those outside the desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.
LAMBS, SHEEP UP
Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported 837 sheep and 184 goats sold Sept. 16.
Wool lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $107-$125 per cwt., 70-85 lb. were $110-$125, 86-105 lb. were $115-$128 and 106 lb. and heavier were $115-$127.
Wool rams were $50-$76 per cwt. Cull ewes were $35-$70.
Hair lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $94-$118 per cwt., 70-85 lb. were $100-$115, 86-105 lb. were $105-$120 and 106 lb. and heavier were $105-$118.
Hair rams were $40-$60 per cwt. Cull ewes were $30-$70.
Good kid goats lighter than 50 lb. were $160-$230.
Those heavier than 50 lb. were $185-$245 per cwt.
Nannies were $65-$120 per cwt.
Billies were $105-$165.
Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported 1,375 sheep and lambs and 76 goats traded Sept. 16.
All classes of lambs sold actively at higher prices. Sheep and goats sold steady.