WP livestock report

Hog prices rise

Hog weights in the week before Christmas were 280.6 pounds in the closely watched Iowa-southern Minnesota market, down from 281.3 lb. the previous week, but up from 273.6 lb. a year ago.

Heavier hogs have dominated the U.S. market recently with corn more affordable this year.

With lower corn prices, livestock owners received better returns from heavier weighted hogs and left a market hole in lightweight hogs, said an Illinois dealer.

Iowa-southern Minnesota hogs delivered to packing plants rose to $58 US per hundredweight. Dec. 2, from $56.50 Dec. 20 and $55.50 Dec. 13.

The estimated pork cut-out value was $86.33 Dec. 26, little changed from $86.46 the previous week and $86.98 Dec. 13.

Estimated weekly U.S. slaughter to Dec. 26 was 1.047 million, down from 1.747 million in the previous week. Slaughter was one million last year in the same week.

Bison steady

The Canadian Bison Association said Grade A bulls in the desirable weight range reached as high as $3.70 Cdn per lb. hot hanging weight. Grade A heifers sold at prices up to $3.55 with sales to $3.55 in mid December.

Animals outside the desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.

Lambs steady

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported 994 sheep and 215 goats sold Dec. 16.

Wool lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $110-$140 per cwt., 70-85 lb. were $128-$137, 86-105 lb. were $128-$140 and 106 lb. and heavier were $115-$132.

Wool rams were $40-$110 per cwt. Cull ewes were $35-$55 and bred ewes were $70-$245 per head.

Hair lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $105-$135 per cwt., 70-85 lb. were $124-$132, 86-105 lb. were $118-$130 and 106 lb. and heavier were $110-$125.

Hair rams were $50-$60 per cwt. Cull ewes were $36-$75.

Good kid goats lighter than 50 lb. were $160-$225. Those heavier than 50 lb. were $177.50-$225 per cwt. Nannies were $45-$65 per cwt. Billies were $85-$110.

Ontario Stockyards reported that in the Dec. 16 sale, 3,171 sheep and lambs and 329 goats traded.

All classes of lambs sold actively at steady prices. Sheep traded $5-$10 per cwt. higher.

Good goats sold actively at slightly higher prices.