WP livestock report

Hogs steady

Bitter cold early last week interrupted hog transport, but packers were not ready to raise bids because of poor profit margins.

Iowa-southern Minnesota hogs delivered were $59 US per hundredweight Jan. 10, steady with Jan. 3.

The average live weight of barrows and gilts in Iowa-Minnesota was 282.9 pounds, up .6 lb. from a week earlier and up 6.6 lb. from a year ago.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s January report predicted that the U.S. will produce 1.7 percent more pork, three percent more chicken and 5.4 percent less beef this year than last year.

The estimated pork cut-out value was $84.05 Jan. 10, up from $82.79 Jan. 3.

Estimated weekly U.S. slaughter to Jan. 11 was 2.1 million, up from 1.99 million in the previous week. Slaughter was 2.27 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 pound hot hanging weight. Grade A heifers sold for up to $3.55.

Animals outside the desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.

Sheep

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported 294 sheep and 18 goats sold Jan. 6.

Wool lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $125-$164 per cwt., 70-85 lb. were $140-$159, 86-105 lb. were $139-$152 and 106 lb. and heavier were $130-$138. Wool rams were $65-$85 per cwt. Cull ewes were $47-$95.

Hair lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $115-$149 per cwt., 70-85 lb. were $130-$155, 86-105 lb. were $128-$146 and 106 lb. and heavier were $128-$135.

Hair rams were $60-$80 per cwt. Cull ewes were $45-$75.

Good kid goats lighter than 50 lb. were $160-$205. Those heavier than 50 lb. were $177.50-$227.50 per cwt. Nannies were $45-$65 per cwt. Billies were $85-$110.

Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported 1,568 sheep and lambs and 12 goats traded Jan. 6. All classes of lambs sold actively with prices $10-$15 cwt. higher. Sheep and mature goats sold steady. No kid goats on offer.

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