WP livestock report

Hogs little changed

The market edged slightly higher after posting seven-year lows the previous week, but supplies are still abundant, limiting gains.

The United States national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$36.63 per hundredweight Oct. 14, up from $34.78 on Oct. 7.

U.S. hogs averaged $46.15 on a carcass basis Oct. 14, down from $46.36 Oct. 7.

The U.S. pork cutout was $73.38 per cwt. Oct. 14, little changed from $73.40 Oct. 7.

The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter for the week to Oct. 15 was 2.304 million, down from 2.427 million the previous week.

Slaughter was 2.319 million last year at the same time.

In Canada, the Oct. 14 Signature Five price was C$122.39 per 100 kilograms, down from $124.35 the week before. On a per cwt. basis, the price was $55.52, down from $56.40 the week before.

Bison steady

The Canadian Bison Association said Grade A bulls in the desirable weight range sold at prices of up to C$6-$6.25 per pound hot hanging weight. U.S. buyers are offering US$4.60 with returns dependent on exchange rates, quality and export costs.

Grade A heifers sold up to C$5.75-$6. U.S. buyers are offering US$4.40.

Animals outside desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.

Lambs steady

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported 1,461 sheep and 94 goats sold Oct. 3.

Wool lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $180-$220 per cwt., 55 to 69 lb. were $190-$224, 70 to 85 lb. were $182-$210, 86 to 105 lb. were $187-$205 and 106 lb. and heavier were $192-$200.

Wool rams were $85-$95 per cwt. Cull ewes were $70-$132.

Hair lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $168-$205 per cwt., 55 to 69 lb. were $182-$210, 70 to 85 lb. were $170-$198, 86 to 105 lb. were $170-$192 and 106 lb. and heavier were $185-$193.

Hair rams were $80-$97 per cwt. Cull ewes were $70-$91.

Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported that 733 sheep and lambs and 106 goats traded Oct. 11.

A light, average quality run of lambs sold at steady prices. Sheep traded slightly lower. Goats were steady.

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