Hog prices strong
U.S. hog prices remained exceptionally strong for the season, but were down a little from the previous week.
The number of market ready hogs is tight for several reasons, including the heat in early September in the Midwest, the effects of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and the reduced use of the feed additive Paylean.
The weather was cooler last week, which should help to spark faster weight gain.
Iowa-southern Minnesota hogs delivered to packing plants fell to $70 US per cwt. Sept. 27 from about $72 Sept 20.
Estimated pork cut-out value was $102.06 on Sept. 27, up from $100.26 on Sept. 20.
Estimated weekly U.S. slaughter to Sept. 28 was 2.19 million, up from 2.18 the previous week but down from 2.34 million last year.
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.
Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported 961 sheep and 212 goats sold Sept. 23.
Wool lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $114-$135 per cwt., 70 to 85 lb. were $119-$135, 86 to 105 lb. were $118-$135 and 106 lb. and heavier were $121-$136.
Wool rams were $50-$76 per cwt. Cull ewes were $35-$70.
Hair lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $108-$128 per cwt., 70 to 85 lb. were $110-$128, 86 to 105 lb. were $112-$128 and 106 lb. and heavier were $115-$125.
Hair rams were $40-$60 per cwt. Cull ewes were $33-$60.
Good kid goats lighter than 50 lb. were $190-$230. Those heavier than 50 lb. were $190-$240 per cwt. Nannies were $65-$110 per cwt. Billies were $117.50-$145.
Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported 1,328 sheep and lambs and 128 goats traded Sept. 23. All well-fed lambs sold actively at slightly higher prices. Sheep and goats sold steady.